Death Cab For Cutie Screens Innovative “Directions” Anthology

“DIRECTIONS,” the innovative anthology from Death Cab for Cutie, will screen at Marquee (289 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10001) on Thursday, May 4th at 8 p.m. to coincide with the Tribeca Film Festival. The band will be in attendance and the screening will be hosted by Will Arnett of “Arrested Development” and John Krasinski of “The Office.”

The collection includes 13 short films – one for each of the band’s 11 songs from its new “Plans” album and two bonus films – that were created by different directors and artists selected by the band and its label, Atlantic Records. The videos were unveiled one by one on the band’s website,, starting in January, and released on DVD on April 11th. “DIRECTIONS” is also available through iTunes.

All of the directors and artists enlisted to work on the unprecedented collection were given free reign to explore their imaginations. Death Cab for Cutie itself did not appear in the films, but the ultimate goal was to create a series of shorts that worked together as both individual pieces of art and as a unified whole.

For “Summer Skin,” Lightborne proposed the story of childhood lost as told through the lives of white-collar 9-5 working stiffs. Water coolers, data entry, and melancholy complacency are revealed through children acting out the typical American workday and set against idle playgrounds and empty pools. While viewing their interactions, we understand that they have resigned to their inevitable future of being grown ups.

Lightborne handled the project from concept to completion, drawing upon the diverse backgrounds of its directors and designers.

Watch: Death Cab For Cutie “Summer Skin”

Among the other filmmakers contributing to “DIRECTIONS” are Director Lance Bangs; Director P.R. Brown; stop-frame animation maestro Ace Norton; acclaimed graphic novelist Jeffrey Brown; longtime Death Cab photographer Autumn de Wilde; writer/director Rob Schrab; music video directors Laurent Briet and Monkmus, as well as Aaron Stewart-Ahn, co-creator of “DIRECTIONS.”

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