The internationally renowned, Grammy Award-winning Arcade Fire’s first feature film, The Reflektor Tapes, has been confirmed for inclusion in the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th. The screening on September 12th will be the worldwide premiere, debuting for a prestigious international audience alongside the likes of The Danish Girl starring Eddie Redmayne and The Martian with Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain, as part of TIFF’s 40th anniversary celebrations. Details on screenings can be found at

Additionally, the theatrical release of The Reflektor Tapes has been moved up one day in North America to September 23rd. Tickets for The Reflektor Tapes are now on sale, with more screenings soon to be confirmed. For a list of theaters, times and further information—as well as a brand new full length trailer–see here or go to

The Reflektor Tapes is directed by 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Short Films winner Kahlil Joseph, and produced by award-winning studio Pulse Films (20,000 Days on EarthShut Up And Play The Hits) and What Matters Most. It is a film quite unlike any other; an authentic cinematic experience, meeting at the crossroads of documentary, music, art and personal history. The release will be brought to screens by leading Event Cinema distributor Arts Alliance. Each and every screening of this limited release will be part of a unique cinematic event to be shared by audiences around the world.

The Reflektor Tapes is a fascinating insight into the making of Arcade Fire’s critically acclaimed, international #1 album Reflektor. The film recontextualizes the album experience, transporting the viewer into a kaleidoscopic sonic and visual landscape. It charts the band’s creative journey as they lay foundations for the album in Jamaica, commence recording sessions in Montreal and play an impromptu gig at a Haitian hotel on the first night of Carnival, before bringing their breathtaking live show to packed arenas in Los Angeles and London.

Audiences will relive stunning concerts from the Reflektor tour, re-envisioned in true cinema high definition and surround sound. The film will also offer a rare opportunity for fans to delve beneath the surface and get closer to the band themselves. With Arcade Fire granting previously unprecedented access to Joseph, The Reflektor Tapes fluidly blends in never before seen personal footage, including interviews, documentation of the recording process and moments captured by the band themselves, to dazzling effect.

Arcade Fire said of the film: “There were parts of the Reflektor tour where I think we, Arcade Fire, came the closest in our careers to putting on stage what we imagined in our heads. We were insanely lucky to have Kahlil Joseph documenting from the very beginning.” 

In addition to showcasing music from Reflektor and other albums in Arcade Fire’s storied back catalogue, The Reflektor Tapes will also give viewers a chance to hear a brand new, unreleased track for the first time and features an exclusive 15 minutes of unseen footage, filmed with the band only for cinema audiences.

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Editor’s Notes

Kahlil Joseph is an award winning LA based filmmaker. His beautifully shot, evocative short film “Until the Quiet Comes” for Flying Lotus received widespread critical acclaim and won the Grand Jury Prize for Short Films at Sundance Film Festival 2013 and Video of the Year at the UKMVA’s in 2013. Kahlil has worked with some of the most influential artists in music, including Kendrick Lamar and FKA Twigs. A further collaboration with Kendrick Lamar resulted in a 2-screen installation titled Double Conscious. This work is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, CA for the 2015 season.

Arcade Fire’s debut Funeral was released in 2004 to critical acclaim and featured in multiple Album of the Decade Polls including NME, Pitchfork, Guardian, Mojo and numerous others. Their 2007 follow-upNeon Bible debuted at #2 in the UK and the Billboard Hot 100. In 2011 the band won Album of the Year at the Grammy Awards for their third studio album The Suburbs (2010) before going on to win Best International Group and Best International Album at the 2011 BRIT Awards. The band’s fourth albumReflektor topped the charts worldwide upon its October 2013 release, debuting at #1 in the US, UK, Canada and several other territories. The album was supported by the wildly ambitious and ecstatically received global Reflektor tour.

Arts Alliance is the leading producer, financier, distributor and marketer of Event Cinema worldwide. Arts Alliance has released more than 70 event cinema releases across screens around the globe, developing, marketing and distributing world-class shows to audiences in 75 countries, engaging fans with the content they are most passionate about. In the fast-growing Event Cinema market, Arts Alliance presents exciting, multi-dimensional content across all genres: live opera and ballet from The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season 2014/15, dynamic art exhibitions in Exhibition On Screen, theatre productions from Globe On Screen and the best rock & pop events including One Direction: Where We Are – The Concert

Pulse Films is an award-winning film studio and a pioneer in music feature documentaries. Their BAFTA and Grammy nominated work has been celebrated at prestigious festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Berlinale and London Film Festival. The studios’ slate includes 20,000 Days on Earth with Nick Cave, Shut Up And Play The HitsThe Possibilities Are EndlessKaty Perry: A Part Of Me and Who is Dayani Cristal?, as well as an exciting slate of forthcoming narrative films, including American Honeydirected by Andrea Arnold and starring Shia LaBeouf.