Film School (band)

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Film School
OriginSan Francisco, California, USA
GenresIndie rock, shoegazing
Years active1998–2011, 2014-present
LabelsBeggars Banquet
MembersGreg Bertens
Jason Ruck
Justin Labo
Nyles Lannon
Past membersLorelei (Plotczyk) Meetze
Ben Montesano
Donny Newenhouse
James Smith
Dave Dupuis

Film School is a five-piece indie rock band from Los Angeles[1], California and San Francisco, California.


The band was formed in 1998 by lead singer Greg Bertens [aka Krayg Burton]. Initially the band only consisted of Bertens working with members of Fuck and Pavement when they released their debut album Brilliant Career on MeToo! records in 2001. Jason Ruck (keyboards), Nyles Lannon (guitarist), Justin Labo (bass guitar), and Ben Montesano (drums) joined the band on a permanent basis later that year.

In 2003, the band released Alwaysnever, an EP on Amazing Grease Records, a record label founded by Scott Kannberg from the band Pavement. Donny Newenhouse later replaced Montesano on drums. Their self-titled album was released in January 2006 on Beggars Banquet Records. Film School has also provided music for a series of short films by Demetri Martin, known collectively as "Clearification", an advertising campaign for Windows Vista.

Film School released its third album (its second on Beggars Banquet) called Hideout in September 2007 after going through some line-up changes and moving to Los Angeles. Lorelei Plotczyk replaced Justin Labo on bass, Dave Dupuis replaced Nyles Lannon on guitar, and James Smith replaced Donny Newenhouse on drums. Hideout was largely written by Bertens, recorded with Dan Long and mixed by Phil Ek.

The fourth album, Fission, was released on Hi-Speed Soul in August 2010 to mixed reviews as the band's exploration of new territory delighted some at the same time as it disappointed others.

Film School played what appeared to be its last official show on February 24, 2011 and subsequently became inactive. However, the band's self-titled album lineup reunited on September 5, 2014, to play a special, one-off show at San Francisco's Bottom of the Hill as a tribute for Newenhouse's 40th birthday. Given the occasion, the set focused on early Film School material. The reunion also resulted in the four-song EP June, a return to the band's signature spacious sound, released in February 2016[2][3]. The band most recently released the single Crushin' in May 2018 and is rumored to be working on their 5th studio album.



  • Brilliant Career (May 29, 2001)
  • Film School (January 24, 2006)
  • Hideout (September 11, 2007)
  • Fission (August 31, 2010)
  • Bright To Death (September 14, 2018)


  • I'm Not Working (200)
  • Alwaysnever (March 23, 2003)
  • June (February 12, 2016)


  • "Harmed" (2004)
  • "On & On" (November 7, 2005)
  • "11:11" (May 1, 2006)
  • "Dear Me" (August 28, 2007)
  • "When I'm Yours" (2010)
  • "Bye Bye Bird" (2017)
  • "Crushin'" (2018)


  1. ^ "Film School". Retrieved 2018-02-01.
  2. ^ Van Houten, Ben (2014-09-03). "SF bands reuniting: The Aislers Set, Film School, Track Star return with local concerts". The Bay Bridged. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
  3. ^ Zeller, Debra (2014-09-08). "Film School reunites at Bottom of the Hill with Hot Fog and Peace Creep". The Bay Bridged. Retrieved 2014-09-08.

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