22nd Calgary Underground Film Festival

April 17-27, 2025

12th CUFF.Docs Documentary Film Festival

November 20-24, 2024

The Elephant 6 Recording Co.

United States, 2022: 93 minutes: Canadian Premiere
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In Cinema Globe Cinema
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The inside story of the 1990s psychedelic rock bands Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and The Apples in Stereo: the founding groups behind the Elephant 6 collective.

Around 1985, a group of Ruston, Louisiana area high schoolers began experimenting with whatever random instruments and gear they could lay their hands on. Moving to other small college towns including Denver, Colorado and Athens, Georgia, their musical coming of age coincided with the new consumer availability of old-school 4 and 8 track recording technology and cassette tapes. Sharing like-minded sensibilities, influenced by past sounds and psychedelia, and with little to distract them, their efforts to create whole new musical worlds became the bands the Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, the Apples In Stereo and many more. While the collective grew to a natural breaking point, its founding members overcame obstacles and remained closely bonded, reuniting for tours and still collaborating today. THE ELEPHANT 6 RECORDING CO. provides insight into this revolutionary era of popular independent music in America, the defiant DIY spirit in music making, and champions the integrity of an authentic quest for artistic expressiveness over the more mainstream image of being a “successful” musician in our fameobsessed times.

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C.B. Stockfleth is a filmmaker currently based in New Orleans, LA. He grew up in Central Kentucky and dropped out of high school. He eventually went to film school at Full Sail University in Orlando. For the last 20 years, he’s worked as a commercial director and photographer mostly in Louisville, KY. He’s made music videos and live concert videos for bands including the Apples In Stereo and the Olivia Tremor Control, and has directed countless regional commercials and corporate videos. He’s won awards for some of them.

press for The Elephant 6 Recording Co.

"The music is at the heart of the story, and one can enjoy the experience by letting the sounds wash over you."
- Film Threat
"An entertaining and lively foray into the minds of these musical mavericks."
- Backseat Mafia


Documentary / Music / First Feature

93 minutes


C.B. Stockfleth

Executive Producers
Rob Hatch-Miller
Sean O’Neal
C.B. Stockfleth
Brian McPherson
Dan Efram

Lance Bangs
Greg King
C.B. Stockfleth

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