The Family Jams
The Family Jams (2011)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 8, 2011
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Ronnie Scheib

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

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Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine

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

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Andy Webster
New York Times

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.

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Andrew Schenker
Village Voice

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.

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