Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired worldwide rights to Jason Miller’s rock documentary “The Past is a Grotesque Animal,” whose subject is Of Montreal frontman Kevin Barnes. Made possible by a Kickstarter campaign, the film was funded by the $100,000 pledged by fans of the Athens, Georgia indie pop band.
The movie, still in post-production, “is a personal, accessible look at an artist – frontman Kevin Barnes – whose pursuit to make transcendent music at all costs drives him to value art over human relationships. As he struggles with all of those around him, family and bandmates alike, he’s forced to reconsider the future of the band, begging the question – is this really worth it? “
The director Jason Miller said, “I’m not sure if they actually liked the whole film, or just the scene with Kevin Barnes’ penis flapping around, but either way, I’m thrilled to release my first film with the infamous Oscilloscope Laboratories!” Meanwhile, Kevin Barnes gave his support: “It is difficult for me to be totally objective about the documentary, but I feel that it is a fairly unflinching and honest portrait of my life in music over the last twenty years.” For more information, visit the film’s Website.