Orri Jónsson, Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir
»I just start pressing things until I hear something I like.«
– Sigrídur Níelsdóttir
At the age of 70, Sigrídur Níelsdóttir started recording and releasing her own music straight from the living room. Seven 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.
The DIY musician has enjoyed cult status on the Icelandic and Danish music scenes for some years now. Shot mostly on Super-8 and 16mm, Grandma Lo-Fi is a tribute to her created over a period of six years. Birgisdóttir, Jonsson and Kristjánsdóttir – all musicans themselves – film the most productive phase in Ms Níelsdóttir‘s life as they explain her works and reveal the creative thinking and working processes. But that‘s not all: they animate the film with some of her picturesand collages. Amma Lo-Fi was the debut film for all three directors.
Orri Jónsson graduated from the New York School of Visual Arts in 1996. He is a photographer and a musician in Slowblow, a band that produces its own albums and makes film music.
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir
Kristín Björk Kristjánsdóttir is a composer, performing artist and co-founder of Kitchen Motors, an artists collective in Iceland. Since 2000, she has published her compositions under the name of Kira Kira and worked with several ensembles including players such as Samuli Kosminen, Eiriki Orri Olafsson and Petur Halgrimsson.
Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir graduated from the Icelandic Academy of the Arts in 2006. She works as a video artist, illustrator and film director. She has designed album covers and posters for bands such as Seabear and Jonsi: Her first solo show was held at the Reykjavík Art Museum in 2011.