The Philadelphia music scene is being represented by two delegates at the Sundance Film Festival this year, which takes place in Park City, UT through January 26th. Local musicians Will and Brooke Blair, also known as the Blair Brothers, will be taking their score for Blue Ruin out to the convention. Meanwhile Philadelphia production group Klip Collective – whose lively visuals have accompanied performances by Sun Airway, Mahogany and more – was tapped to create a Festival trailer that will screen before each film.
After their synth-pop band East Hundred parted ways, the Blair brothers began composing a score for childhood friend Jeremy Saulnier’s revenge / thriller film, an opportunity they were well-equipped for, having previously worked with the Brooklyn director on a number of short films and commercials. In an interview with The Key in 2012, Will Blair discussed the partnership between the musicians and the filmmaker, which was seeded by the oldest Blair son, Macon, and his creative group of friends.
Blue Ruin tells the story of “a drifter from the eastern shore of Virginia who returns to his childhood home with plans of revenge that go horribly awry.” It was screened in the Spotlight portion of the Sundance Festival, having earned the FIPRESCI award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival and showing at Toronto and Marrakech Film Festivals.