Sufjan Stevens is a both a noted and skilled multi-instrumentalist so it would stand to reason that his scope of creativity extends beyond plonking banjo riffs and ethereal string orchestration. His new film The BQE is one such endeavour.
Based on The Hooper Heroes a comic book written by Stevens and drawn, coloured and inked by collaborator Stephen Halker The BQE is based largely on the history of New York’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and utilizes 36 performers including a band, a wind and brass ensemble, string players, a horn section, projected film footage of the expressway and five hula hoopers to tell its story.
Check out the trailer below which follows three extra-terrestrial superhero sisters who use hula-hoops to combat ‘the Messiah of Civic Projects’ Captain Moses. I’m confused but it certainly looks purdy.
THE BQE- A Film By Sufjan Stevens from Asthmatic Kitty on Vimeo.