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As anyone who saw the LCD Soundsystem concert doc “Shut Up And Play The Hits” can attest, frontman and producer James Murphy needs to stay busy to stay happy, and since the band's end in 2011, he's done just that: an acting role in Rick Alverson's caustic film “The Comedy”, a collaboration with Gorillaz and Andre 3000 for Converse, and producer on the Yeah Yeah Yeah's “Mosquito” and Arcade Fire's recent album “Reflektor.” But Murphy's also had his eye on directing as well, and now his debut short film has hit the web. Murphy's 16-minute short, entitled “Little Duck” is certainly not one would expect from him as a debut; shot in the Japanese countryside, it follows a young man “pulled from his life in Manhattan back to his home in rural Japan when his estranged brother runs into trouble.” Plot-driven but infused with quite a measured sensibility, the film »

- Charlie Schmidlin

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