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In the presence of Marco Porsia
Marco Porsia, 2019, Canada
HD, Color, English, 121’
Here’s an intimate portrait of the band SWANS and its leader Michael Gira, from their roots as a brutal post-punk band that emerged from the same early 80s era NYC that gave us Sonic Youth through their ill-fated bid at mainstream success in the 90s indie-rock goldrush, through breakups and chaos (on and offstage) to their odds-defying current status as one of the most accomplished and ambitious bands in the world, one whose concerts are more like ecstatic rituals than nostalgic trips back through their most popular songs. The film is a musical history, a time-capsule, a tour diary, a concert film, but mostly it’s the story of a life in the arts, frequently difficult, spanning decades without a safety net, creating the work because, Gira says “What else am I going to do?”