Xan Aranda’s debut, “Andrew Bird: Fever Year,” was one of few world premieres at the New York Film Festival and it feels like a discovery. It isn’t a concert film and it certainly isn’t a personal documentary. However, it’s a music documentary that’s entertaining, lyrical and oddly revealing. And it’s definitely worth seeing — if you can.
Bird is a musician with a devoted fanbase and he spent a year on the road — much of it, as the title suggests, with a fever. It’s a testament to his dedication that he never stopped; similarly, it’s a testament to his trust in Aranda, who had worked with the deeply private Bird on music videos, that he allowed this film to be made.
However, Bird owns the film. And at the NYFF, Aranda said he doesn’t want it to be shown beyond the festival circuit. No theatrical, no DVD, no VOD; just the festivals.
It’s possible, of course, that he could change his mind; Aranda says she’s been approached by interested domestic and international buyers. But for now, screenings will be limited to the festivals, which you can track on the website.
In the meantime, enjoy the trailer.