Burn to Shine is a film series produced by Fugazi’s Brendan Canty and directed by filmmaker Christoph Green. Brendan and Christoph travel from town to town with a posse of shooters and a van full of recording gear to film bands performing in houses that are about to be demolished or burned to the ground. They document the doomed house, the bands, and the demolition, and put it together in a 55 minute film.
Each film has a different curator who is entrenched in the respective music scene. This allows the bands chosen to be put in a particular time and place. The bands set up in the living room, playing just one song each for the cameras alone, allowing the viewer to experience them in an intimate setting.
The city of Portland, Oregon sets the stage for the third installment of Burn to Shine. Chris Funk of The Decemberists brings together 12 of his favorite Portland bands to perform in a house that is about to be burned to the ground. A cross section of Portland’s vital music scene is captured in a single day, celebrating a moment in time and place. Featuring performances by The Thermals, Quasi, The Planet, The Wet Confetti, Lifesavas, Tom Heinl, Mirah, The Decemberists, The Shins, The Gossip, The Ready, Sleater-Kinney.