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Oldham, Yo La Tengo In New Film

Old Joy, a new film starring singer-songwriter and former Palace leader Will Oldham and scored by indie mainstays Yo La Tengo, premiers at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20. Co-starring Daniel London (Patch Adams, Rent) the film is based on a story by Jonathan Raymond of the same name. Set in the Cascade mountain range east of Portland, the story centers around two friends, Kurt (Will Oldham) and Mark (Daniel London), who reunite for a weekend camping trip. Like much of Raymond’s work it is a minimalist story of friendship, loss and alienation. Directed by Kelly Reichardt, who made her Sundance debut in 1994 with the film River of Grass, it will be the director’s first feature-length film in nearly five years. Though Old Joy is not competing at Sundance this year, it will compete at the Rotterdam Film Festival, which begins January 28. Old Joy will be the first American film in competition at the festival in three years. Will Oldham has also acted in the films Junebug, Elysian Fields and Matewan while Yo La Tengo made their film debut playing the Velvet Underground in the movie I Shot Andy Warhol.