Tropfest, known as the world’s largest short film festival, has some heavy-hitting musical acts scheduled to headline an event mostly aimed at filmmakers.
“Tropfest is first and foremost a short film festival, but it’s also about independence in all forms of creativity,” said Tropfest founder John Polson. “Music has increasingly become a large part of our day. This is a great opportunity to introduce independent music-lovers to short film and vice versa.”
Neon Indian has been circuiting some of the nation’s largest music festivals for years — Coachella, Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. The band’s front man, Alan Palomo will play a DJ set at this year’s Tropfest USA. The event has been to Abu Dhabi and Australia, but just squeezed into the Bryant Park lawn for its New York debut in 2012. Tropfest is upgrading its square footage and the cool factor as it moves out of midtown’s tourist-swarmed space to Prospect Park in Brooklyn.
Chairlift, the fest’s main headliner has gained buzz in Brooklyn during recent years. The band plays smoky pop rock led by Caroline Polachek’s seductive and mousy vocals.
Neon Indian is best known for the 2011 hit, “Polish Girl” and tight, dreamy synth.
The two acts will play following Bear in Heaven, Ghost Beach and People Get Ready. DJ Concerned and MC Yah Supreme will fill the gaps with films shown in between sets, all before the film finalists are announced at the end of the evening.
Tropfest USA is on Saturday, June 22 in Brooklyn. Tickets are free with an Eventbrite reservation.