Saddle Creek Records, the Nebraska-based indie powerhouse responsible for such acts as Bright Eyes, Cursive, Rilo Kiley and the Faint, is gearing up for a DVD documentary recounting its history.
Due Aug. 23 via Plexifilm, “Spend an Evening With Saddle Creek: The First 10 Years of Saddle Creek Records” will feature approximately 50 live performances of varying length by Saddle Creek acts. A premiere screening in Omaha is in the works for mid-August.
The 90-minute film, produced by Omaha natives Justin Kulbel and Rob Walters, includes interviews with every band on the Saddle Creek roster as of the 2003-2004 filming, as well as founders Justin Oberst, Robb Nansel and Mike Mogis. The DVD also boasts 70 minutes of extra footage.
Saddle Creek was formed in 1993 by a group of friends distributing cassette tapes by 13-year-old singer/songwriter Conor Oberst. Today, Oberst, who performs with a rotating cast of musicians as Bright Eyes, has earned a legion of dedicated fans and broad critical acclaim. He has also become the best-selling artist on Saddle Creek, having shifted 950,000 copies of his half-dozen albums in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, the label is also looking back with the Aug. 23 release of Cursive’s “The Difference Between Houses and Homes,” which rounds up 12 rare and previously unreleased tracks.