Okkervil River “Away” in-stores September 9th, 2016
Written & Directed by: Will Sheff
Director of Photography: Johnny North
Producers: Sinjun Strom & Meagan Mullens
Tim Blake Nelson as The Priest
Will Sheff as The Cadaver
The Impossible Colors (w/ Henry Nelson) as The Gravedigger Band
Giovanni as The Bartender
Edited by: John Paul Horstmann
Costumes by: Nancy Heyl & Simran Johnston
Production Design: Fletcher Chancey
Production Sound: Clint Higgins
Color: Josh Kanuck
Sound Mix: Will Sheff
Drone Footage by: Josh Spooner & Greg Gomes
Assistant Director: Nick Jones
Assistant Camera: Cristina Wolf
Gaffer: Garland Berenzy
Key Grip: Greg Meola
G&E Swing: Albi Sala
Special Thanks: Bill Herrmann, Poplar Grove Cemetery & the Lybolt Family.
Extra Special Thanks to ATO Records.
A two-year period of uncertainty helped inform Okkervil River main man Will Sheff's latest collection, Away. Following an early tease of the record's "Okkervil River R.I.P.," the folk-rock project have now unearthed a kinda-grim music video for the piece.
The music video was directed by Sheff, and first finds a pastor (played by character actor Tim Blake Nelson) going through his morning routine before leading a funeral service. Inside the casket is Sheff, who miraculously manages to say a few words himself. Also on hand are the rest of Okkervil River, who tribute their fallen leader with a musical performance.
"Eventually, I realized I was kind of writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new," Sheff had previously explained of the making of Away.