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Song Dynasties: a feature-length documentary about of Montreal. Help us finish the film + pre-order the DVD, exclusive vinyl and more.
Song Dynasties: a feature-length documentary about of Montreal. Help us finish the film + pre-order the DVD, exclusive vinyl and more.
Song Dynasties: a feature-length documentary about of Montreal. Help us finish the film + pre-order the DVD, exclusive vinyl and more.
1,124 backers pledged $94,844 to help bring this project to life.

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DVDs Have Shipped!


As of yesterday, everyone who pledged for the exclusive Kickstarter-only version of Song Dynasties should have a copy in the mail!

All U.S. backers had their packages sent 1st Class and everyone outside of the U.S. had their packages sent First Class International.

Again, thank you all so much for making this possible!

DVDs Shipping Soon!


Hi Everyone,

We're excited to announce that DVDs should start shipping next week to everyone who pledged for the extremely limited edition Kickstarter-only version.

We've received new addresses from many of you, but just want to give anyone we haven't heard from one last opportunity to let us know about changes to your shipping information before these get sent out.

Please let us know by Tuesday, July 22 if your address has changed.

Thank you once again for all your support and patience! We're very happy to finally be getting these into your hands.


Watch "Song Dynasties"!!


The big day is finally here! 

If you haven't seen it already, everyone who pledged $20 or more will be receiving a download link for "Song Dynasties" this morning.

The e-mails will be coming from "" so please check your inboxes (or spam folders) to make sure you have it. The links are being sent to the e-mail associated with your Kickstarter account. (If by tonight you still have not received a link, please send us a message.) 

We are waiting to hear back from the manufacturer about when the physical DVDs will be ready to ship and will update you as soon as we find out. We're hoping that everything will be ready to send out in early July at the latest. 

Also, if you're interested in seeing the film in a real theater with all of your closest friends, check out the list of screenings that are currently lined up here: A few were just added, so take a look and see if it's showing in a city near you. 

And once again, as always, thank you to all of you for making this film possible! We couldn't have done it without each and every one of you and sincerely hope that you find as much joy in watching it as we've had in living it. 

It's been a long, crazy journey and we're glad you're here to share it with us.

DVD Pre-Order


Hi Everyone, 

We wanted to quickly share a couple pieces of exciting news with you all. 

First, on June 20 we will be sending out downloads of the film to everyone who pledged $20 or more. More details on exactly how that will work are still to come. 

Second, tomorrow (Thursday) Oscilloscope and Polyvinyl Records will be putting up pre-orders for the physical DVD. This version will have a different cover and packaging than the limited edition, numbered copies that were offered through the Kickstarter campaign.  

Also, we know lots of people are interested in getting a copy of the poster we shared before and we're being told that those will also be available for sale through both places. 

That's all for now! We're excited things are moving along and hope to share more details soon.

Poster, Trailer, Screenings, and More!


Hi Everyone,

As we let you all know before, we've teamed up with Oscilloscope Laboratories for the release of Song Dynasties (now called The Past Is a Grotesque Animal). They've done a lot to help us out, including designing a theatrical poster, putting together a trailer, setting up screenings of the film and more!

Within the hour, Pitchfork is going to exclusively reveal all of these details, but we wanted to share them with you first.

You can see the poster and watch the trailer below. You can also go to to see a complete list of all the screenings that have been set up so far. We're hoping to add more and will keep you updated when we know more.

We'll also have more news to share about when we'll be shipping out DVDs to everyone who pledged for a physical or digital version, so you'll hear from us soon!