A Chicago-based indie film with no marquee stars and a first-time director
(Bill Ryan), has managed to snag a number of cutting-edge semi-underground
bands for its soundtrack.
The movie, Reach the Rock (late spring),
based on a script by teen-flick champion John Hughes about a traumatic night in
the life of a 22 year-old town misfit, was scored by Tortoise's John McEntire
in his first such effort and is slated to feature music from Polvo, June of 44,
Tortoise, the Sea and Cake, Dianogah and former Tortoise member Bundy K. Brown.
A source told ATN the movie is about a "guy who never left his home town,
who never went to college and whose best friend drowned in high school, an
event everybody holds over his head. It takes place over one night when he is
arrested for vandalism and is mainly about the conversation between him and the
arresting cop, who has a closer connection than he might like to this
McEntire reportedly signed on after reading the script and he and the
rest of Tortoise just recorded a seven-minute piece that is directly cued to
the action in the movie, described by the source as "very atmospheric."