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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.
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.
How To Grow A Band maintains a respectable distance from its subject that ultimately doesn't work in its favor.
A fly-on-the-wall case study in the demands of making music for a living.
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.
Mark Meatto's How To Grow A Band is masterful filmmaking that takes the audience where they need to go.
[H]as a promising story to follow [but] disappointing, either as an introduction to progressive bluegrass or for longtime Thile fans.
In the end, you come away knowing almost as little about Chris Thile and his music as when the film started...misses its chance to enlighten, choosing instead to promote.
Fans of the progressive-bluegrass prodigy Chris Thile will enjoy this look at his stripped-down struggles to introduce audiences to his new avant-garde fusion of bluegrass and classical.
The movie is unsurprisingly devoted to peddling up-and-comer Chris Thiele as something daring, something new.
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