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Ben Gibbard, Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock Score Sundance Films

Festival will resume this month in Park City, Utah

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Ben Gibbard and Adam Horovitz of The Beastie Boys

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This year’s Sundance Film Festival has a few musical all-stars on its side. Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Beastie Boys rapper/producer Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz have both scored films that will screen at the 2014 festival, which takes place from January 16th–26th in Park City, Utah.

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Gibbard has provided the score for Laggies, a dark comedy starring Keira Knightley and Chloë Grace Moretz and directed by Lynn Shelton, reports Indiewire. According to the Sundance film guide, the plot follows a 28-year-old woman named Megan (Knightley) who is “content to remain in a permanent adolescence.”

Horovitz’s score sets the documentary No No: A Dockumentary, which focuses on the life and career of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis, who threw a rare no-hitter while tripping on acid in 1970. This isn’t Horovitz’s only recent foray into the film industry: last summer, the rapper was in talks to appear in Noah Baumbach’s upcoming feature While We’re Young, which stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a married couple who begin a friendship with a younger, more free-spirited couple (played by Amanda Seyfried and Girls‘ Adam Driver). Horovitz and his Beasties bandmate Michael “Mike D” Diamond are also working on a memoir based on their band’s legendary run.

Meanwhile, Gibbard recently reunited with his Death Cab bandmates to start work on their eighth studio album, which follows 2011’s Codes and Keys.


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