THE 405 - Flying Lotus is scoring a Shia LaBeouf-produced film

Shia LaBeouf is executively producing a new film titled LoveTrue and he's enlisted Flying Lotusto score it. The movie explores Israeli director Alma Har'el's passion with "fascination with performance in non-fiction to three complimentary stories that seek to demystify the fantasy of true love." Previously, Flying Lotus scored 2014's Imperial Dreams and 2015 Sundance short, F*ckkkYouu.


HYPETRAK - Flying Lotus Scores a Shia LaBeouf-Produced Film

Look out for 'LoveTrue' later this month.

Flying Lotus will score a new film titled LoveTrue, which is executive produced by Shia LaBeouf. The movie explores Israeli director Alma Har'el's passion with "fascination with performance in non-fiction to three complimentary stories that seek to demystify the fantasy of true love." Fly Lo has previously scored 2014's Imperial Dreams and 2015 Sundance short, F*ckkkYouu. The trailer for LoveTrue has yet to arrive, so stay tuned for its debut at the Tribeca Film Festival later this month.

DAZED DIGITAL - Flying Lotus has scored a new film produced by Shia LaBeouf

The cosmic beatmaker has composed the soundtrack to LoveTrue, a film exploring the origins of true love

Flying Lotus has recorded the score to LoveTrue, a new film executive produced by Shia LaBeouf, according to Pigeons & Planes.

Directed by Israeli filmmaker Alma Har’el, LoveTrue seeks to question the origin of true love, using civilians to play younger versions of themselves in a style that blurs documentary and fiction. The film follows three love stories set against the backdrop of “starkly different American landscapes”, according to the film’s official website

Though there’s no trailer or audio for the film available right now, it’s due to come out very shortly: its official premiere is at Manhattan’s Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place from April 13th to April 24th.

Flying Lotus is no newcomer when it comes to composing film scores, having worked on the soundtracks for Terrence Nance’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty and Aitor Throup’s A Portrait of Noomi Rapace amongst others. LaBeouf, meanwhile, could most recently been found hanging out in a lift in Oxford.

Check out some stills from LoveTrue below.

PAPER MAGAZINE - Flying Lotus scored a new Shia LaBeouf - produced film

Mhm, all things alt-Internet has converged upon Israeli director Alma Har'el's LoveTrue -- because not only did art bro Shia LaBeouf produce the forthcoming film, but the score has just been revealed to be the work of none other than LA's Flying Lotus

Seeking to question the origin of true love, it's supposedly a pseudo-documentary that follows three different love stories in, uh, "starkly different American landscapes" (whatever that means?). And while there's no trailer or audio just yet, we're sure something to go along will surface soon, as the official premiere will be at the Tribeca Film Festival, which takes place in the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out a few stills below. Tight.


EXCLAIM - Flying Lotus Scores Upcoming Shia LaBeouf Film

Multi-talented performer Flying Lotus already proved his film score skills with the aggressively titled FUCKKKYOUUU, and now he's got more movie music in the works.

FlyLo has contributed the score to a new film called LoveTrue. The film was helmed by Israeli director Alma Har'el, and it was also executive produced by none other than Shia LaBeouf. Here's hoping this movie makes it into Shia's next marathon.

The film's official synopsis says, "LoveTrue offers a unique exploration of the challenges that love can present and how our past and present experiences shape the decisions we make when the fantasy of True Love dissipates."

LoveTrue will make its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Until then, revisit FUCKKKYOUUU below.

NO FILM SCHOOL - 8 Movies We're Excited to See at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival

Wondering what to see at Tribeca? We've got you covered.

Just under two weeks shy of opening night, the Tribeca Film Festival has already made international headlines—and not necessarily in a favorable light. But one misguided programming decision should not eclipse the other gems in Tribeca's lineup. Below, we've highlighted eight buzz-worthy films that deserve to be seen.

AWOL (dir. Deb Shoval)

The story of AWOL, premiering in Tribeca's U.S. Narrative Competition, is one that diverges from both indie and mainstream cliches: it is a rural-set love story about lesbians in and around the military. But the story of the making of AWOL is one that closely follows the indie film template: make a short, get some recognition in the grants world, run a crowdfunding campaign... and then take years to finish the film. This drawn-out process I can certainly identify with, so I'm very much looking forward to writer-director Deb Shoval's expansion on her short of the same name, which debuted at Sundance in 2011. For more on the background of the project, watch the IndieGoGo trailer here. —Ryan Koo

Madly (dirs. Gael García Bernal, Mia Wasikowska, Sebastian Silva, Anurag Kashyap, Sion Sono, Natasha Khan)

The omnibus is back—with a vengeance. Not to be confused with hyperlink cinema, the resurgence of anthology filmmaking is a great contemporary compromise: it embraces our growing affinity for short-form content without sacrificing the theatrical cinematic form. The connective tissue of Madly is one theme: "love, in all its glorious, sad, ecstatic, empowering, and erotic manifestations." Mia Wasikowska steps into the director's chair for the first time for Afterbirth, a short about a mother struggling with postpartum depression; Gael García Bernal explores the effects of pregnancy on a turbulent relationship; and other directors, including indie stalwart Sebastian Silva, grace the screen with their contributions to the collective film. We can only hope that this high-profile Tribeca premiere grants the omnibus form a stamp of legitimacy.  —Emily Buder     

Kicks (dir. Justin Tipping)

A coming-of-age story set in Oakland, Tribeca's opening night selection Kicks is titled after the mission of its 15-year-old protagonist: to retrieve his recently-stolen Air Jordans. Kicks boasts an impressive producer lineup, including recent SXSW panelists David Kaplan and Adele Romanski, and will be released by Focus Features' indie imprint, Focus World. Director Justin Tipping (who previously won a Student Academy Award for his short Nanisays he styled the film after the 1948 Italian neorealist classic The Bicycle Thief. (This combination of gritty urban setting and naturalistic style recalls one of my favorite recent festival successes, Adam Leon's 2012 SXSW winner Gimme the Loot.) —Ryan Koo

LoveTrue (dir. Alma Har’el)

Call me a fangirl. I’ve been excited about whatever the glorious DP-turned-director Alma Har’el might do since I saw her wildly inventive documentary-with-choreographed-dance-scenes Bombay Beach at Tribeca in 2011, where it grabbed the Best Documentary award. I wasn’t the only one impressed; LoveTrue EP Shia LeBouf came on board after having seen Bombay Beachhimself. After catching a glimpse of the film when Tribeca showed a sneak preview last year, I knew that my anticipation had not been in vain. Har’el’s evocative take on falling in love— with an original score by Flying Lotus— will surely defy your expectations of a conventional documentary. —Liz Nord


I Voted?

There may not be a more timely movie at the Tribeca Film Festival than Jason Grant Smith’s I Voted?. The documentary begins by investigating the election of Alvin Greene—an unemployed man who won South Carolina’s democratic nomination to the Senate back in 2010 despite not having a campaign—before delving into the corrupt and flawed nature of our national voting process. With recent cries of foul play coming out of many states' polling venues, it's clear that the issue is under the microscope. The premiere takes place two days after New York’s own primary, and Tribeca visitors will be treated to what promises to be a lively conversation between the director and executive producer Katie Couric. —Jon Fusco


After Spring (dirs. Ellen Martinez, Steph Ching)

As is the trouble with any humanitarian crisis, it's easy to perceive a human life as a number. That's why we need documentaries. After Spring, executive produced by Jon Stewart, brings us into the human heart of the refugee crisis. Ellen Martinez and Steph Ching capture life inside Jordan's Zaatari Refugee Camp, temporary home to 80,000 displaced Syrians, making it second-largest camp in the world. The documentarians explore the rhythms of daily life, from frustrations involving access to education to the simple struggle to secure food and water. Films like these harbor the greatest power of all: empathy, or the shift in perspective in which we recognize that these refugees could easily be you or me. —Emily Buder

Night School (dir. Andrew Cohn)

Andrew Cohn’s own Michigan roots inform his deeply American work. I’ve been captivated since SXSW in 2013, after seeing his debut effort (with co-director Davy Rothbart), Medora, about a rural Indiana varsity basketball team. The film went on to win an Emmy for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting. Cohn is back in the middle of the country with Night School, about three low-income students in Indianapolis working toward their high school degrees after hours. Having followed him on social media throughout the film’s production, I know that Cohn feels a sincere connection to his subjects, and I expect his empathy and level of care to shine through on screen in the film. —Liz Nord

Nerdland (dir. Chris Prynoski)

I am excited for Nerdland because I am a giant nerd. No, I’m not excited about it because of its apparent setting and the prospects of one day visiting such a paradise. (If anything, the title is a bit misleading.) I don’t normally associate our kind with the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, but maybe it’s in that dichotomy that the humor will emerge. Nerdland is the first feature from Adult Swim heavyweight Titmouse, the animation studio behind cult classics like Black Dynamite, China, IL, Metalocalypse, Superjail! and The Venture Brothers. (If you haven’t seen any of these, then, well, you should.) Paul Rudd and Patton Oswalt headline the star-studded cast, which includes Hannibal Burress, Paul Scheer, Mike Judge, Kate Micucci, Riki Lindhome and Molly Shannon. Oh, yeah, and it's written by Andrew Kevin Walker , the guy who wrote Se7en. —Jon Fusco

ESQUIRE - No Sober Person Will Watch This Movie From Shia LaBeouf and Flying Lotus

Ooh, edgy.

No more Googling "best movies to watch while high" or streaming Cosmos for the umpteenth time. Here's a new flick to put on while you write poetry you'll regret and disappoint your mom.  Moebius strip of self-referential irony, Sia alter ego, and elevator-lurker Shia LaBeouf is producing a trippy movie about true love that has just scored a soundtrack by the inimitable (but still imitated) Flying Lotus. 

The film, directed by Israeli filmmaker Alma Har'el, is called LoveTrue. According to its official website, it's "non-fiction performance," having non-actors play younger and future versions of themselves in three love stories set in "starkly different American landscapes." 

This is FlyLo's second score for a full-length movie, having provided the soundtrack for similarly mind-fucky "semi-animated comedy-drama-romance" An Oversimplification of Her Beauty  in 2012. You'll have to wait to hear the undoubtedly transcendent soundtrack for LoveTrue, because there's no trailer. But not for long—it makes its debut at Tribeca Film Festival this year. 

COMPLEX - Flying Lotus Is Scoring A Shia LaBeouf-Produced Film Because This Is What Happens In 2016

We can't imagine a more 2016 pairing than this. Experimental music producer Flying Lotus is scoring a new film titled LoveTrue that is being executive produced by none other than actor, meta performance artist, and perpetual Internet meme-inspirationShia LaBeouf. It's describedas an exploration of Israeli director Alma Har'el's "fascination with performance in non-fiction to three complimentary stories that seek to demystify the fantasy of true love." The movie follows three complicated, real-life relationships as they unfold in different corners of the country.

This isn't Fly Lo's first cinematic experience, either. Previously, the versatile musician scored 2014's Imperial Dreams starring Star Wars' John Boyega. Last year, he scored a Sundance short titled, FuckkkYouu. Most recently, he gave his fans some new music to chew on when he shared three tracks leftover from the You're Dead! recording sessions back in March. The tree songs were largely instrumental, so it's possible Fly Lo was going through his old sessions looking for material that might work in the film. Unfortunately, there is no trailer for LoveTrue yet, but look for it to debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this month.

NERDIST - Flying Lotus and Shia LaBeouf are collaborating on a film

Flying Lotus is quickly becoming a renaissance man of the new media era. The experimental musician has his fingerprints on Grammy-winning records (see: Kendrick Lamar), he moonlights as a rapper named Captain Murphy, and he’s become one of the most forward-thinking producers of our time. Now, FlyLo has added film scoring to his repertoire.

Last month, Flying Lotus worked on a Rick Rubin-produced Star Wars album, and yesterday it was revealed that he’s producing a score for a film called LoveTrue. Any of our other friends involved in that project? Glad you asked! None other than Shia LaBeouf is the film’s executive producer. I can only imagine the realms of consciousness being explored during that tandem’s brainstorming sessions.

LoveTrue will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. Little information has been leaked, and there’s no trailer yet, but—as expected—the project looks like it’s going to get plenty philosophical. The Alma Har’el-directed film will reportedly explore the origins of “true love” in a way that blurs the lines of traditional documentary narrative. Check out the film’s description below:

“Love True pushes the documentary genre further into new realms as it looks into the opposing realities of the “True Love” fantasy. Does our view of love change as we grow older? How do we make decisions about our love lives? Is there such a thing as true love? Are there invisible partners in our relationships? Past ghosts of ourselves? The film’s reenactments of significant past experiences and glimpses at possible futures, created with non-actors playing the characters’ older and younger selves, encourage the couples to confront the realities of their hopes and memories, and the effect they have on their love lives.”

There are few more intriguing pairings than LaBeouf and Flying Lotus for a film about love’s mysticism. Let us know how you feel about the upcoming movie in the comments below.

FACT MAG - Flying Lotus scores film executive produced by Shia LaBeouf

FlyLo adds to his growing list of film soundtracks.

Flying Lotus has recorded the score for LoveTrue, a forthcoming “non-fiction film” executive produced by Shia LaBeouf, Pigeons and Planes reports.

According to a synopsis at the film’s website, “LoveTrueoffers a unique exploration of the challenges that love can present and how our past and present experiences shape the decisions we make when the fantasy of True Love dissipates.”

Directed by Israeli filmmaker Alma Har’el, whose Bombay Beach won the award for Best Feature Documentary at 2011’s Tribeca Film Festival, the film follows three love stories in contrasting American landscapes.

There’s no trailer for the film or audio as yet, but LoveTruewill be premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan over April 13-24.

LoveTrue is the latest in a long list of FlyLo soundtracks, with the producer previously scoring 2012’s An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, the John Boyega-starring Imperial Dreams and most recently FUCKKKYOUUU, a short film directed by Eddie Alcazar.

PIGEONS AND PLANES - Flying Lotus has scored a film executive produced by Shia LaBeouf

Flying Lotus continues to dabble in cinema.

Following his work on Rick Rubin’s Star Wars-inspired album Star Wars Headspace last month, it’s been revealed that he produced a score for a film called LoveTrue, executive produced by Shia LaBeouf.

LoveTrue will make its premiere at the Tribeca Film festival in April. The trailer hasn’t been released yet, but from the limited information available, it sounds like a good one. Asking questions about the origin of “true love,” the Alma Har’el-directed film makes use of civilians to re-enact younger versions of themselves in a unique style that blurs the lines of traditional documentary storytelling.

Of course, the moment when FlyLo and LaBeouf’s imaginations collide should be pretty crazy as well. Read a plot synopsis from LoveTrue’s IMDB page and check out a few screengrabs from the film below.

“Love True pushes the documentary genre further into new realms as it looks into the opposing realities of the “True Love” fantasy. Does our view of love change as we grow older? How do we make decisions about our love lives? Is there such a thing as true love? Are there invisible partners in our relationships? Past ghosts of ourselves? The film’s reenactments of significant past experiences and glimpses at possible futures, created with non-actors playing the characters’ older and younger selves, encourage the couples to confront the realities of their hopes and memories, and the effect they have on their love lives.”

VICE - Flying Lotus Scores Film That Will Screen at Tribeca Film Festival

The Tribeca Film Festival is happening soon and it's looking to be quite musical. We've previously shared news of the Steve Aoki documentary, and now the festival has released its full schedule which will include, among other notable music-related films, a feature scored by Flying Lotus.

LoveTrue is the new film by Israeli-American director Alma Har'el who won the Festival's Best Documentary Feature Award in 2011. According to the festival's page for the film, this quasi-documentary follows the relationships of three real-life couples as they navigate their lives and working through physical limitations, startling revelations, and poverty.

Though the score is yet unreleased, the festival writes that Flying Lotus's 80-minute score is "hypnotizing." Adding some extra muscle is actor and director Shia LeBeouf who executive produced the film.

All tickets are currently sold out (rush tickets may be available at the door, the site claims, at each screening), but tickets can still be be purchased for the film's final screening on April 20 at Regal Cinemas Battery Park. You can purchase them here.

To see a complete list of the films being screened at the festival, which include a documentary on Madonna's male vogue dancers, a drama-comedy about Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley's relationship that will feature Sky Ferreira in a supporting acting role, and a short film shot and directed by Bat For Lashes's Natasha Khan, visit the festival's website.

PITCHFORK - Flying Lotus, Justin Timberlake, David Bowie, Bat for Lashes, David Byrne, Sigur Rös, More Involved in Tribeca Film Festival Selections

Also Sky Ferreira, Madonna, Kid Cudi, Green Day's Billy Joe Armstrong, Danger Mouse, more

This year's Tribeca Film Festival takes place April 13-24. Many of this year's films involve contributions from prominent musicians in acting, scoring, and even directing roles, including David Bowie, Flying Lotus, David Byrne, Bat for Lashes, Justin Timberlake, Sigur Rös, Danger Mouse, Madonna, Patti Smith, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong, and more. Below, find a list of some of those movies.

  • LoveTrue, a documentary about three real-life relationships, directed by Alma Har'el and executive produced by Shia LaBeouf, features a score from Flying Lotus
  • Madly is a collection of six short films that includes Natasha Khan's I Do, which she wrote and directed. I Do provided the inspiration for her upcoming Bat for Lashes album, The Bride 
  • The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a drama starring Jason Sudeikis, "Game of Thrones" star Maisie Williams, and Jessica Biel, was scored by Justin Timberlake (Biel's husband)—his first time composing for a movie
  • Contemporary Color is a documentary about the star-studded color guard event staged by David Byrne in 2015, which featuring music from St. Vincent, Dev Hynes, How to Dress Well, Ad-Rock, and more
  •  The Show of Shows: 100 Years of Vaudeville, Circuses and Carnivals is a documentary about the history of vaudeville that features a score by Sigur Rös
  • The Chauffeur is a short film about a Los Angeles artist who works as a chauffeur, directed by Danger Mouse
  • Elvis & Nixon is a comedy/drama about the relationship between Elvis Presley and president Richard Nixon—it stars Sky Ferreira in a supporting role
  • Strike a Pose is a documentary about some of Madonna's former male dancers, which "revisits the men after years apart and provides us with a chance to learn about the emotional truth behind the glamorous facade"
  • Let's Dance: Bowie Down Under is a documentary about the making of Davie Bowie's Let's Dance 
  • There will be a VR performance of the Grateful Dead's "Truckin'," which was recorded at their "Fare Thee Well" finale tour
  • Patti Smith will also be interviewed about her career by actor Ethan Hawke during a live panel
  • Bad Rap is a documentary about four aspiring Asian-American rappers, including Nora "Awkwafina" Lum of "My Vag" fame 
  • Vincent N Roxxy is a drama starring Scott "Kid Cudi" Mescudi, in which Emile Hirsch and Zoe Kravitz play lovers on the run. Questlove scored the film.
  • I'll Sleep When I'm Dead is a documentary about superstar DJ Steve Aoki
  • Geezer stars Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong as the former singer of a punk rock band attempting to fight off the realities of middle age
  • DJ Z-Trip – Safety Last! is a live performance where DJ Z-Trip will score the silent film Safety Last!
  • SHOT! the Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock is a documentary about music photographer Mick Rock
  • Gift of Gab is a documentary about Blackalicious' Timothy Parker and his battle with kidney disease
  • Update (4/1, 1:09 p.m. EST): That Dog is a short film directed by Nick Thornburn (Islands/Unicorns). It's framed as a "comedy of errors," in which "two interloping idiots ininadvertently wreak havoc on the lives of others." 

Read our interview with Nile Rodgers about David Bowie and the making of Let's Dance.

INDIEWIRE - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival Lineup: 6 Hidden Gems

The Tribeca Film Festival shows up on the calendar each year to give New York plenty of red carpet action in the weeks leading up to Cannes, but that's not the whole story. While it follows Austin's SXSW Film Festival by a whole month, in recent years Tribeca has become a draw for both smaller narrative films seeking broader exposure and high quality documentary discoveries. Heading into its 15th year, the festival kicks off April 13 with "The First Monday in May," a documentary about the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Met Gala. However, the lineup announced so far also contains a number of promising titles that might only stand out to discerning eyes familiar with the enterprising talent that regularly surfaces on the festival circuit. Here are a few of those potential gems.

"Actor Martinez"

While some filmmakers jump into the big leagues after their first or second features, directors Mike Ott and Nathan Silver have been quietly churning out perspective character studies over the last few years. Ott's "Antelope Film Trilogy" — "Littlerock," "Pearlblossom Hwy" and "Lake Los Angeles" — providea series of lyrical looks at life in Sun Valley that illustrate the consistency of his vision. Silver's sharply observed portraits of alienated characters range from a look at a home for young pregnant women ("Uncertain Terms") to another involving drug addicts ("Stinking Heaven"). The combination of their two measured styles in "Actor Martinez" offers an ambition meta-premise in which the pair follow an aspiring actor and eventually challenge their own creative intentions. An under-the-radar premiere in Rotterdam last month, "Actor Martinez" promises another compelling look at the boundaries between fiction and documentary from two of America's most intriguing explorers of naturalism on film.

"Always Shine"

Five years have passed since Sophia Takal made her directorial debut at SXSW with the effective psychological thriller "Green," but she's certainly stayed busy. With partner and fellow director Lawrence Michael Levine, Takal has surfaced in countless sleeper hits, including Tribeca premiere "Supporting Characters" opposite Alex Karpovsky and Joe Swanberg's "All the Light in the Sky." But Takal's own filmmaking ambitions haven't waned: Just as "Green" found a pair of intimately connected characters growing exasperated in a restricted setting, "Always Shine" focuses on two actresses who venture to Big Sur and wind up confronting their mutual resentment for each other. It's a simple premise with the a lot of potential — an actor's showcase in which bitterness drives the narrative forward.

"Contemporary Color"

Few American documentarians have done so much with the form in recent years as brothers Bill and Turner Ross, whose "45365" and "Tchoupotoulas" presented extraordinary visions of distinct locales. Their Sundance-premiering "Western" was a more traditional portrait, but they're back into experimental territory with "Contemporary Color," a kind-of concert film based around David Byrne's 2015 "color guard" performance at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. Like the show itself, "Contemporary Color" promises to be a serious trip.

"Folk Hero & Funny Guy"

"Folk Hero & Funny Guy"

Actor and comedian Jeff Grace has landed a number of amusing parts for himself over the years, including the post-apocalyptic comedy "It's a Disaster," which his company also produced. But "Folk Hero & Funny Guy," which stars Wyatt Russell and Alex Karpovsky, marks Grace's directorial debut. The story involves the titular duo on the road together — yes, you've heard that cliché before — as they try to regain their confidence. Notwithstanding its formulaic backdrop, "Folk Hero & Funny Guy" features a hilarious cast known for expert comedic timing and a director who has achieved just as much in front of the camera himself. Plus, plenty of music. While road trip comedies come and go, this is the rare occasion to expect something different.


The opening selection of Tribeca's world premiere section is the debut feature from filmmaker Justin Tipping, but it's also produced by Animal Kingdom, the team behind festival breakout fare ranging from "Short Term 12" and "It Follows." Set to a classic hip hop soundtrack, the story finds an urban child who goes on a journey to recover his missing shoes. Think…Ozu by way of "Wild Style," perhaps? One of the most enticing possible discoveries from this year's lineup.



Alma Har’el's "Bombay Beach" was a lush, poetic non-fiction tribute to a variety of colorful characters, but while she's remained active as a music video director — her 2012 video for Sigur Rós' "Fjögur píanó" featured Shia LaBeouf — she hasn't made a feature in five years. Now comes "LoveTrue," which promises another far-flung collage of sights and sounds, this time ranging from an Alaskan strip club to locations in Hawaii and New York, all collected under the overarching theme of love. With a score by Flying Lotus, "LoveTrue" is the already among this year's most exciting possibilities: The dramatically unconventional return of a filmmaker whose sophomore effort is long overdue.

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