How to Grow a Band (2012)




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In How to Grow a Band, 26-year-old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended, and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on "indefinite hiatus." But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who's defied expectations since he learned the mandolin at age five, has a plan. Step 1: Write a 45-minute, four-movement elegy to your failed marriage to be played by a bluegrass quintet. Step 2: Recruit the only musicians around talented enough to play it and crazy enough to sign on. Step 3: … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Musical & Performing Arts, Documentary
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Box Office: $19.2k
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as Yo-Yo Ma

as Greg Garrison

as Noam Pikelny

as Paul Kowert

as Gabe Witcher

as Chris Eldridge

as John Paul Jones

as Edgar Meyer

as Jerry Douglas

as Sara Watkins

as Chris Thile

as Gabriel Witcher
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (4)

Mr. Meatto's framing tends to catch the musicians' give-and-take, merging and dueling notes onstage, especially at a Manhattan concert that is the film's highlight.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
New York Times
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How to Grow a Band is most fascinating as it tactfully charts the sort of artistic and philosophical differences that can eventually undermine any group endeavor, even among seemingly like-minded collaborators.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
Top Critic

How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable distance from its subject that ultimately doesn't work in its favor.

Full Review… | April 12, 2012
AV Club
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A fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living.

Full Review… | April 10, 2012
Village Voice
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Mark Meatto's How To Grow A Band is masterful filmmaking that takes the audience where they need to go.

Full Review… | April 23, 2013
Paste Magazine

[H]as a promising story to follow [but] disappointing, either as an introduction to progressive bluegrass or for longtime Thile fans.

Full Review… | April 23, 2012

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