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Rated NR · 12 minutes


Lightning Bolt are a noise-punk band from Providence, Rhode Island who play fast, aggressive and noisy free-form music and consciously choose not to separate themselves from their audience -- for their live shows, they prefer to play in the middle of the venue's floor rather than on a stage, with the listeners surrounding them as they tear into their songs. Filmmaker Ben Russell took a 35mm motion picture camera to a Lightning Bolt show and filmed part of their set from over the band's shoulder; the result is the film Black and White Trypps Number Three. For the first four minutes of the film, a spotlight illuminates a small portion of the sea of bodies surrounding Lightning Bolt as they play, with the spectators dodging in and out of the visible image. Suddenly, the image shifts into slow motion as a droning remix by Joe Grimm takes over the soundtrack, with the images of shifting bodies and faces slipping in and out of the light taking on a certain sweaty but poetic beauty. Black and White Trypps Number Three as screened in competition at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

Director: Ben Russell

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