Sharon Van Etten announces short film Departure, to be released on Amazon Music

By Abby Jeffers, News Editor
[Photo courtesy of Ryan Pfluger/]

Indie singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten announced Monday that Departure, a new short film about her life and recent move from New York City, will be released on Amazon Music on Thursday, September 26. 

Read more: Album Review: Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Departure focuses on Van Etten’s last day before moving out of New York City, according to Pitchfork

“I moved to New York about 15 years ago,” Van Etten says in the short film’s trailer, which she tweeted on Monday. “That’s longer than I’ve lived anywhere, and I’m trying not to let it get to me too much because I am sentimental. I was about 23 years old. I had finally saved up enough money to just go for it. I didn’t know why.”

The film features footage from early shows in Van Etten’s career, including a video that looks to be inside a house, during which Van Etten laughs, “First time in front of people.” According to NME, the film will also include a reimagined performance of Van Etten’s Remind Me Tomorrow single “Seventeen,” featuring Norah Jones

“I’m so happy to be able to share my story with all of you in this way,” said Van Etten on Twitter

Earlier in 2019, Van Etten released her fifth record and first new album in several years, Remind Me Tomorrow. Since that record’s release, Van Etten has been busy playing shows and recording a version of “Radio Cure” for a Wilco cover album. She recently announced that she will perform at Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky festival in January 2020 in Mexico, and in the near future, Van Etten will play live at Austin City Limits on September 30 and a few shows in Mexico City in November.

Departure was directed by Josh Goleman and will be available on Amazon Music on Thursday, September 26. 

Watch the trailer for Departure:


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