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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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

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.

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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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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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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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