2016 has been a banner year for the funk band Lettuce. After hosting their debut festival Fool’s Paradise, and riding the waves of success from their potent 2015 release Crush, the band continues to melt faces nationwide with their psychedelic style of music. The band also continues to find success with their new documentary, Let Us Play, directed by Jay Sansone and Human Being Media, and produced by Live For Live Music.
Last night, Let Us Play took home the award for Best Long Form/Music Documentary at the Austin Music Video Festival. Jay Sansone was on hand to accept the award, and shared a snippet of this momentous occasion with us.
Director Jay Sansone said, “It’s an honor to win this award in a town that runs and thrives off art and music culture. The AMVF has become a place for music and film lovers to really showcase their work in the best light. In a world without MTV or any real platform for experimental music film content, this festival really fills part of that void.”
Let Us Play chronicles the band as they work on Crush and tour the country, but the real focus is on the band itself. The band’s core members and contributors share intimate details about their rise to the top, keeping things fresh with the band’s playful banter and lightheartedness. At the heart of the film is a passion for Lettuce’s unique brand of funk, captured by the inimitable Jay Sansone. You can find the movie, below.
Adds producer Kunj Shah, “I can’t think of another band tearing down the foundations of funk and recreating it in new exciting ways. Lettuce is easily the best funk band today, and once we realized we could capture this band’s history in their prime, we jumped at the opportunity. This is a real honor.”
Lettuce continues to Crush in the live scene, recently turning heads with a late night set at Lockn’ Festival. The band kicks off an extensive fall tour on September 20th, including a two night stand at the PlayStation Theatre in New York, NY from November 11-12. For more information about the band’s tour, head to their official website.