I Can Hear You Calling is a portrait of eight musicians and their bands in New York City. They have recorded and performed with the likes of Phish, TV on the Radio, Iron and Wine, David Byrne, St. Vincent, Steely Dan, Sean Lennon, Yoko Ono, Antibalas, Sufjan Stevens, The Monkees, Charlie Hunter, John Cale, Spoon, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bill Withers, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Paul Simon, Brazilian Girls, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, Fela! The Musical, SNL, Sesame Street, and many more. You have seen them on stages all over the world and often on your favorite late night talk show.
Through all of their experience at home and abroad, these sidemen have maintained their own projects at home in New York City. The film joins them as these projects begin to mature; projects in which many of these musicians play together in different roles. It reveals the public and private layers of their lives and the ways they intersect. Often unpolished and frank, the film takes you through quiet kitchens to gentle rehearsals to soaring onstage performances for an unusually vulnerable bed of eclectic and visceral modern music.
This film aims to find an alternate way of presenting music in a popular form, avoiding tendencies toward glossiness or veneer, toward fetishizing perfection, or toward any unearned gravity. It attempts to make a visual document that is inseparable from the music is shows, rather than a bonus feature.