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3rd January 2020
Beyond compare
Title of film: The National, I Am Easy To Find
Director: Mike Mills
Production Company: MJZ
Director Mike Mills cold-called The National band to see if he could do a video for their track Sleep Well Beast but after a conversation with vocalist Matt Berninger a search for something much bigger than a music video began. There was, says Mills “a sense of we can do anything and actually we don’t want to know what we’re doing”.

The National gave Mills about 15 songs, some unfinished, some with lyrics, some without, and so began a two-year collaborative process which evolved into this stunning short film.

Shot over five days in Los Angeles on “a limited budget but unlimited freedom”, with the subtitles as the script, Mills would send rough-cut segments to the band who would send back vocals, an improvised process which built up over a year of editing.

Listen to Mills talking about the creative process in his accompanying commentary, above.


The National, I Am Easy To Find

Written and directed by Mike Mills

Cinematography by Daniel Voldheim

Production Design by Victoria Morris

Costume Design by Danielle Kays

Edited by Aaron Beckum

Music Mix by Jonathan Low

Sound Design and Re-Recording Mix by Zach Seivers

Produced by Geoff Linville

Produced by Emma Wilcockson & David Zander

Executive Produced by Youree Henley

Casting by Good People Casting