Francis Ford Coppola, 72, is best known as the director of such American classics as The Godfather and Apocalypse Now. Dan Deacon, 29, is a Baltimore-based electronic artist who likes to lead human centipedes around music festivals. At first glance, it might seem like the two men have little in common, but thanks to Coppola’s forthcoming film Twixt Now and Sunrise, their names will forever sit side by side on IMDB.
According to an issued press release, Coppola and Deacon have developed a unique new approach to the presentation of Twixt Now and Sunrise that will incorporate live music by Deacon. Yesterday, the two men previewed said approach during a presentation at San Diego’s Comic-Con. Essentially, Coppola hopes to use the film, which he described as “one part Gothic romance, one part personal film, and one part the kind of horror film that began my career,” to bring live performance back into the cinema.
What Id love to do is go on tour, Coppola said, like a month before the film opened, and go to all the cities myself, with my collaborators, with live music and actually perform the film for each audience uniquely for them a different version for each audience. Thats what opera was like.
For his part, Deacon will use an iPad to re-edit and re-perform the film’s score in real time based on the audience’s reaction. Below, you can watch clips from the entire presentation, which included a demonstration by Deacon (check out parts 3 and 4 specifically.)
Twixt Now and Sunrise stars Val Kilmer and also features narration by the great Tom Waits. According to IMDB, the film is currently in post production, with a release set for later this year.