The most important character in Sean Mewshaw’s “Tumbledown” isn’t even one we actually meet on screen. Instead, the looming specter of ill-fated rocker Hunter Miles is mostly represented by the copious amount of songs he left behind for both his wife Hannah (Rebecca Hall) and masses of dedicated fans (including Jason Sudeikis, who plays a music journalist obsessed with the Miles mythos) to sift through, cherish and ultimately try to understand.
Hunter’s face may not show up in the film, but his voice sure does, effectively brought to life by the singing chops of Damien Jurado.
Jurado fills in as the voice of Hunter throughout the film, and the soundtrack is filled with gems from the indie rock singer and songwriter that add a special level of authenticity to the film. One such song? “Little Jackson,” which is the subject of a brand new music video that includes lots of great footage from the film.
Per the film’s official synopsis, “Tumbledown” centers on “pop culture scholar Andrew (Jason Sudeikis) [who] comes to Maine to interview Hannah (Rebecca Hall), the protective widow of an acclaimed singer. When the unlikely pair strike a deal to co-write a biography, Andrew finds himself clashing with a cast of locals, including Hannah’s hunky suitor (Joe Manganiello), and her loving but defensive parents (Blythe Danner, Richard Masur). When Hannah and Andrew’s stormy partnership blossoms into an unexpected connection, they face the possibility that the next chapter in their lives may involve each other. Dianna Argon and Griffin Dunne costar in this startlingly funny and sweetly romantic tale of moving on and finding love in the unlikeliest of places.”
The movie is a real charmer, and the new video from Jurado does a very fine job of getting viewers into the mood and feel of the feature.