Rumors have abounded over the past decade or so concerning the production of myriad documentaries surrounding ’90s indie collective Elephant 6, the loose group of musicians whose members comprised Neutral Milk Hotel, Apples in Stereo, Essex Green, Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Elf Power, Of Montreal, and a handful of other acts in and near Athens, Georgia. But now there’s something to show for the chatter: a four-minute trailer, drudged up by You Ain’t No Picasso from a Louisville, Kentucky-based Vimeo account calling itself “No Def.”
Though the “rough” trailer was posted almost a year ago, it’s only been viewed about 1,100 times (300 of those were just today). If these four minutes are anything to go by, someone special out there has a lot of crappy home video footage (including what looks like some from the collective’s teen years, when they began playing together in Colorado) to show the world at some unspecified, mysterious future date (if ever), as well as awesomely nostalgic interviews with Elephant 6 founders Robert Schneider (of AiS), Bill Doss (of OTC, Sunshine Fix, and AiS) Will Cullen Hart (OTC, CS), and maybe, though he doesn’t appear in the trailer below, the magical Jeff Mangum (of Neutral Milk Hotel, of course). No sign of Kevin Barnes, one of the most recently active members of the gang, but we’re sure that’ll come in trailer two, right? Also, vuvuzelas.