Danielson: A Family Movie
Danielson: A Family Movie (2006)

Filmmaker J.L. Aronson offers an intimate portrait of a band in which eccentric innovation and unwavering faith forms an unlikely recipe for indie-rock stardom. The year was 1995, and aspiring musician Daniel Smith needed a project for his… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 11, 2006
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2007
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly

Shot on digital and layered with animated segments, performance footage and clips from Smith family home movies, Family Movie unfolds with a gentle, justified confidence in the power of its subject.

Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

J L Aronson's documentary is about Daniel Smith, a musician who performs Christian music that is a world away from most of what is heard under that label.

Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

From his irritating squeak of a voice to an infantile stage presence that includes dressing himself as a multifruit-bearing tree, Smith's comical incompetence wins him the adoration of adolescent misfits.

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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times

Aronson's film is a fond portrait, loaded with bizarre, haunting music and Smith's off-kilter inspirations.

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Dennis Harvey

There is an undeniable quirky appeal to the creative world of Daniel Smith, though those who hope a behind-the-scenes look will explain his motivation or personality won't find the enigma resolved here.

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

What Danielson doesn't do enough of is reveal [Daniel] Smith's music on its own terms.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

... it's hard to imagine anyone not in the actual family (or at least the presold family of fans) being interested enough to stick it out for the entire hour and 45 minutes.

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