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First-time filmmaker and award-winning photographer Sam Jones documents the recording of Wilco's album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot."

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First time director Sam Jones documents the making of Wilco's fourth studio Album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Named after the Wilco song that is featured on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, an album that strays from the Alt-country that made them famous. Jones' desire was to document the creative work of YHF's production, he seems to have found a bit more, including band members departing and a conflict with Reprise record company. This is a true documentry of art versus money-driven media conglomerates. Written by J. Robert Putzer <hoplite59@yahoo.com>

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According to Sam Jones, the members of Wilco never complained or asked for space during filming. At one point, Jones said, "I had the camera next to (John Stirratt), pointing straight at him, and he flubbed his bass line. The song stopped, and (Jay Bennett) yelled out, 'That one was going so great!' I felt terrible, but John, ever the gentleman, claimed that I didn't have anything to do with him messing up. (Yeah right, you try doing your job all day with a virtual stranger pointing a giant camera at you.)" See more »

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My all-time favorite documentary
10 August 2008 | by (China) – See all my reviews

Firstly I confess I am a huge Wilco fan and might be a little biased based on that! I've seen a few documentaries that follow around a band and try to capture something worthy of a feature-length documentary(radiohead's documentary 'meeting people is easy' for one example) and I'm always disappointed at how little band access they seem to have. This time, I didn't have that feeling at all. I think that Jeff Tweedy and the rest of wilco were really open and let us into their world. The story is told in such a way that you don't even realize that there is a story for the first thirty minutes or so. I like that. I don't think the story of wilco's best album could have been told any other way. If you hate the record industry, if you love great music, if you like a documentary filmmaker who knows how to keep his subject and not himself as the focus of his film (Michael Moore take note!) Then this is the film for you. It feature some amazing wilco concert footage that will make you fall in love with the band if you aren't already!


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