The Film Society

About The Film Society

Before recording Instant Karma!, producer Phil Spector asked John Lennon “How do you want it?”. Lennon responded: “You know, 1950, but now”. That blend of retro sensibility with a modern twist is embodied in The Film Society, the solo project singer/songwriter Joe Grazulis.

Beginning as a personal, song-a-week recording exercise, it slowly grew into a more public and professional musical undertaking. The lo-fi audio sketches and sonically layered demos kickstarted a DIY journey that led to a self-titled, self-released, five-song EP recorded in a variety of prestigious bedrooms, historic living rooms, and (for two magical hours) one honest-to-goodness real studio. Outside of the cozy confines of bedroom tunesmithery,

The Film Society can be seen and heard all around Chicago performing infectious pop songs with nothing but an acoustic guitar, a single mic, and an endearing wit. Combining playful, emotive lyrics with British Invasion grooves, 1960s folk rock melodies, bossa nova chords, and gypsy jazz rhythms, The Film Society creates a soulful sound that feels like a long-lost 1965 album that you dug up in some dusty attic…and that was made just for you.