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GRANDMA LO-FI: THE BASEMENT TAPES OF SIGRÍDUR NÍELSDÓTTIR

Iceland 2011, 62 min, Danish and Icelandic, Hebrew & English subtitles

At age 70 Sidrídur Nílsdóttir began recording original music at home. Equipped with an old Casio organ and tape recorder, the energetic composer recorded 700 songs in seven years, becoming a cult figure in Iceland. Nílsdóttir has a unique approach to music, pressing different buttons on the organ (“until I hear something I like”), then adding sounds recorded in her home: barking dog, cheese grater, water running in the sink. The three directors, who befriended their protagonist, create an intimate, amusing portrait of a woman who turned her life into art. In addition to Nílsdóttir’s entertaining explanation of her work process, the directors edited clips of her songs, based on her second love: newsprint collages.

GRANDMA LO-FI: THE BASEMENT TAPES OF SIGRÍDUR NÍELSDÓTTIR website

Directors: Orri Jónsson, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Production: Sæmundur Nordfjörd, Louise Højgaard Johansen
Production Company: Republik Productions, Killit Films
Script: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Editing: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson
Cinematography: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Magnús Helgason
Music: Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
Print Source: Louise Højgaard Johansen (louise.johansen@gmail.com)Director CV
Orri Jónsson (b. 1970) received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Orri is a musician in the band Slowblow. He is also a photographer, just as he in 2011 released his photobook Interiors with Steidl. Grandma Lo-fi is his first feature film.

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