How to Grow a Band


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: Make a record, launch an international tour and brace yourself. Filmed with uncommon access, How to Grow a Band provides a rare look at the start of one of America's most promising young bands and explores the tensions that test young artists: individual talents and group identity, craft and commerce, innocence and wisdom. -- (C) Official Site

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Yo-Yo Ma
as Yo-Yo Ma
Greg Garrison
as Greg Garrison
Noam Pikelny
as Noam Pikelny
Paul Kowert
as Paul Kowert
Gabe Witcher
as Gabe Witcher
Chris Eldridge
as Chris Eldridge
John Paul Jones
as John Paul Jones
Edgar Meyer
as Edgar Meyer
Jerry Douglas
as Jerry Douglas
Sara Watkins
as Sara Watkins
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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.

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

Apr 12, 2012
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How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable distance from its subject that ultimately doesn't work in its favor.

Apr 12, 2012 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
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A fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living.

Apr 10, 2012 | Full Review…

There are are scenes in Mark Meatto's documentary, How to Grow a Band, about the progressive bluegrass band, Punch Brothers, that seem to be straight out of Almost Famous.

Aug 15, 2017 | Full Review…

Mark Meatto's How To Grow A Band is masterful filmmaking that takes the audience where they need to go.

Apr 23, 2013 | Rating: 9.1/10 | Full Review…

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