The Family Jams


The Family Jams (2011)



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THE FAMILY JAMS follows freak-folk rockers Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom and melodious popsters Vetiver as they tour the USA in 2004, playing their unique music for a newly growing audience. A candid document of a makeshift clan and their life on the road, the film captures today's indie headliners as they were still gigging at obscure hole-in-the-wall clubs and art galleries -- their small, intimate vans replaced later by large, impersonal tour buses. The film also features appearances and performances by Antony and the Johnsons, Espers, Meg Baird, The Pleased and Linda Perhacs. -- (C) reRun

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Critic Reviews for The Family Jams

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

A curiously effective musical docu that captures the raw dynamics of collective creativity.

Apr 8, 2011 | Full Review…
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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.

Apr 7, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Only a true fanatical follower of the "freak folk" musical scene with a high tolerance for artless verité camerawork will find much merit in Kevin Barker's extended home video.

Apr 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.

Oct 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.

Apr 13, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

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