Filmed during culminating months of the acclaimed singer-songwriter's most rigorous year of touring, Andrew Bird crosses the December finish line in his hometown of Chicago - feverish and on crutches from an onstage injury. Is he suffering hazards from chasing the ghost of inspiration? Or merely transforming into a different kind of animal "perfectly adapted to the music hall?" FEVER YEAR is the first to capture Bird's precarious multi-instrumental looping technique and features live performances with collaborators Martin Dosh, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, and others.
DIRECTOR BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE:
XAN ARANDA (Illinois, USA 1976) is a freelance director, producer, and curator affiliated with acclaimed documentary powerhouse Kartemquin Films (Hoop Dreams) and most recently, the U. S. Department of Education.Xan is directing Mormons Make Movies, inspired by religious educational films her mother starred in while a student at Brigham Young University during the 1960s.Andrew Bird: Fever Year is Aranda’s directorial debut and fourth collaboration with Andrew Bird. She produced his music videos for “Imitosis” (Britta Johnson) and “Lull” (Lisa Barcy), as well as live-show projections featured during Mr. Bird’s “Armchair Apocrypha” tours during 2007 and 2008. Her home video was featured on the New York Times website as part of Bird’s “Measure For Measure” blog in 2009.She is a Producer of the multi-award winning 2008 Kartemquin Films release Milking the Rhino, which aired on PBS (Independent Lens) and continues to screen worldwide. Xan serves as Outreach Director for Prisoner of Her Past, which aired on PBS in 2011.As founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Short Film Brigade, Xan has curated and hosted Midwest screenings of international short films since 2003. The Sundance Institute recruited her for their 2011 ShortsLab: Chicago.Xan often serves on panels and competition juries as varied as the Chicago International Film Festival, the Third Coast International Audio Festival, Hugo Television Awards, and the Illinois Humanities Council’s Looking For Democracy Film Contest, among others. She is also a popular featured guest speaker for film students of Columbia College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Northwestern University.Born and raised in Illinois, Xan Aranda lived in California for ten years until moving to China and eventually, Chicago in 2001. She has worked in the film, music video, and commercial industries since 1994.