The Lumineers - 'Gloria'

The Lumineers - 'Gloria'

Directed by Kevin Phillips, III is a visual manifestation of the The Lumineers' third full-length album of the same name. Divided into three chapters, the film follows three members of the Sparks family, Gloria Sparks, her son Jimmy, and her grandson Junior. Without competing, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites' lyrics narrate the raw and visually stunning vignettes — each depicting the agony of love, loss, and the enduring impact of substance abuse from one generation to the next. From the first image of a family portrait, it's clear that truth and pain lurk just beneath the surface for the family's matriarch, Gloria. It's her story that ignites a path of destructive behaviour, as each family member tries desperately to bury their anguish and outrun their past. What becomes of the Sparks family is all too familiar — in the end, no amount of love can erase the pain.

Schultz and Fraites did not set out to create this deeply personal album, but the work came into focus from a series of seemingly unrelated events. For Schultz, inspiration came from his journal writings about trying to save a close relative from alcoholism. That gave the story its nucleus, and it was brought to life by a piano piece that Fraites wrote years earlier, when he barely knew how to play the instrument. The result: a haunting collection that lyrically marries sight and sound in three emotional sections, woven together by melodic, deeply affecting songs.

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Kevin Phillips


Director: Kevin Phillips
Executive Producer: Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites, Bernie Cahill
Producer: Traci Carlson, Richard Peete
Screenwriter: Wesley Schultz, Kevin Phillips
Cinematographer: Wyatt Garfield
Editor: Ed Yonaitis
Production Designer: David Storm
Music: The Lumineers
Principal Cast: Anna Cordell, Josh Close


Publicity Contact
Will Wondra
(718) 486-6295
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2019
Genre: Folk
Screening in: Music Video Program
Screening Section: Music Video Competition
Screening Category: Music Video
Country: United States
Runtime: 4 mins