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Danielson: A Family Movie (2006)

Danielson: A Family Movie



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Filmmaker J.L. Aronson offers an intimate portrait of a band in which eccentric innovation and unwavering faith forms an unlikely recipe for indie-rock stardom. The year was 1995, and aspiring musician Daniel Smith needed a project for his senior thesis project at Rutgers University. Upon handing in an album recorded by the Danielson Famile entitled A Prayer for Every Hour, the ambitious student was promptly given an A for his remarkable creative efforts. The youngest sibling in the Smith family was 11 years old, and a new era in family history had been set into motion. Born and bred in the farmlands of New Jersey, Smith and his siblings formed a band that soon took to performing in vintage white nurses' outfits to symbolize the healing power of the "Good Word." Though unfavorably received by the Christian community, the Danielson Famile found an unlikely ally in the form of the independent music community. With an outsider edge that appealed to music critics who were fast beginning to grow tired of the stagnant state of modern music, Smith and his band received widespread recognition thanks to articles in such prolific publications as Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. With little money coming in and his other siblings longing to continue their education and seek out their own paths in life, Danielson Famile frontman Smith does his best to establish himself as a solo act while mentoring a then-unknown singer/songwriter with the curious name of Sufjan Stevens.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Musical & Performing Arts, Special Interest
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On DVD: Apr 10, 2007
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Critic Reviews for Danielson: A Family Movie

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (5)

Shot on digital and layered with animated segments, performance footage and clips from Smith family home movies, Family Movie unfolds with a gentle, justified confidence in the power of its subject.

Full Review… | January 19, 2007
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Aronson's film is a fond portrait, loaded with bizarre, haunting music and Smith's off-kilter inspirations.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

What Danielson doesn't do enough of is reveal [Daniel] Smith's music on its own terms.

Full Review… | December 15, 2006
Seattle Times
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J L Aronson's documentary is about Daniel Smith, a musician who performs Christian music that is a world away from most of what is heard under that label.

December 14, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

There is an undeniable quirky appeal to the creative world of Daniel Smith, though those who hope a behind-the-scenes look will explain his motivation or personality won't find the enigma resolved here.

Full Review… | March 14, 2006
Top Critic

... it's hard to imagine anyone not in the actual family (or at least the presold family of fans) being interested enough to stick it out for the entire hour and 45 minutes.

January 21, 2007
Los Angeles CityBeat

Audience Reviews for Danielson: A Family Movie


By far one of the best documentaries that I've seen so far on DVD this year. Also stands toe to toe with "The Devil and Daniel Johnston" (who ironically makes an appearance in this doc) as one of the best music docs that I've ever seen. The struggle to overcome popular misconceptions about Christian music is a great theme that is honestly and unbiasly explored. If anything this deserves a rental just to be exposed to the music of the Danielsons and the unique personalities present. Also to all Sufjan Stevens fans... this is a must see, you'll get to see how he got his start with the Danielsons. This is a must rent for almost anyone.

whether i want to see this or not really depends on whether it's a movie about the band Danielson Famile

i do love danielson and it was interesting to see sufjan stevens before he got big...to see him treated like a protege(sp?). brother danielson is a tremenous inspiration. but at many times this documentary drags. and to someone who doesn't like sufjan stevens or the danielson family it's almost unbearablely long.

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