The Family Jams

2009, Documentary/Biography, 1h 21m

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Young musicians live on the road, playing in tiny clubs and art galleries and singing together in a utopian existence.

Cast & Crew

Kevin Barker
Executive Producer
Devendra Banhart
Original Music
Andy Cabic
Original Music
Joanna Newsom
Original Music
Kevin Barker
Cinematographer
Michael Shick
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Critic Reviews for The Family Jams

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  • The Family Jams is an edited home video, not a movie, and it's an especially annoying home video with delusions of artistic grandeur.

    April 13, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A curiously effective musical docu that captures the raw dynamics of collective creativity.

    April 8, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The headliners have a penchant for intimate, largely acoustic songs, and in these settings - galleries, record stores and small, sweaty clubs - their gifts are on vivid, arresting display.

    April 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Only a true fanatical follower of the "freak folk" musical scene with a high tolerance for artless verit camerawork will find much merit in Kevin Barker's extended home video.

    April 6, 2011 | Full Review…
  • As frustratingly inconsistent as The Family Jams can be, fans of freak folk will likely find just enough rare footage to make it worth their while, but everyone else would be wise to sit this one out.

    October 11, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The Family Jams is an edited home video, not a movie, and it's an especially annoying home video with delusions of artistic grandeur.

    April 13, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A curiously effective musical docu that captures the raw dynamics of collective creativity.

    April 8, 2011 | Full Review…
  • The headliners have a penchant for intimate, largely acoustic songs, and in these settings - galleries, record stores and small, sweaty clubs - their gifts are on vivid, arresting display.

    April 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Only a true fanatical follower of the "freak folk" musical scene with a high tolerance for artless verit camerawork will find much merit in Kevin Barker's extended home video.

    April 6, 2011 | Full Review…
  • As frustratingly inconsistent as The Family Jams can be, fans of freak folk will likely find just enough rare footage to make it worth their while, but everyone else would be wise to sit this one out.

    October 11, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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