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Grandma Lo-fi: The Basement Tapes of Sigrídur Níelsdóttir


At the tender age of 70 she started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. 7 years later she had 59 albums to her name with more than 600 songs – an eccentric myriad of catchy compositions mixing in her pets, found toys, kitchen percussions and Casio keyboards. Sigrídur Níelsdóttir is her name, and before long the Icelandic/Danish musician became an adored cult figure in the Icelandic music scene. Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm "Grandma Lo-fi" is a cinematic tribute to her boundless creativity, created by three musicians and artists whom she has inspired.


Director(s): Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir

Producer(s): Sæmundur Nordfjörd, Louise Højgaard Johansen

Screenwriter(s): Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson

Cinematographer: Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Orri Jónsson, Magnús Helgason

Editor(s): Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Orri Jónsson

Sound Designer: Kjartan Kjartansson

Music: Sigrídur Níelsdóttir

Additional Credits: Animation: Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Magnús Helgason

Director Bio


Kristín Björk, Orri Jonsson, and Ingibjorg Birgisdóttir are musicians and visual artists, all active forces on the Icelandic art scene. Kristín Björk (Kira Kira) is a Musician and visual artist, Orri is a photographer and member of Slowblow and Inga is an animator and former member of Seabear. "Grandma Lo-fi" is their first feature.


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