Film scores, some may argue, should give viewers a clearer idea about what's on the screen and how an audience is supposed to feel about it. If that's the case, the soundtrack to indie director Kaleo La Belle's documentary "Beyond This Place" (originally released in 2010) does what it's supposed to do -- and then some, at least for those who see it live tonight at the Vista in Los Feliz.
Accompanied by the fragile guitar work of renowned folk artists Sufjan Stevens and Ray Raposa, the film follows the story of La Belle, 34, reconnecting with his estranged, bike-ridding, LSD-addled hippie father. It encapsulates a balance of hope and heartbreak, which also happens to describe the style and sound for which the film's composers are best known.
Stevens and Raposa will perform the live original score during two screenings tonight at the Vista. The ghostly, meandering vocals on original songs, such as the film's title track, work in harmony with the tale forged in the pot-hazed hippie communes and winding mountain roads of Washington state, where La Belle's father, Cloud Rock (a.k.a. Gordon La Belle), 70, is an avid cyclist.