A struggling indie rock band signs a major record deal only to have their album and their career nearly destroyed by the people who signed them.

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Alex Dezen ...
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Ted Hudson ...
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Steven Terry ...
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David Chernis ...
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Wes Kidd ...
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Rhett Miller ...
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Juan Guerrero ...
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Mason Jennings ...
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In 2001, a photo assistant named Alex Dezen asked a couple of friends to record a few songs with him. Shortly thereafter they would form the Brooklyn based rock band, The Damnwells. Two years later they had toured the country, opened for rock legends and had a song featured in a major motion picture. By 2004, they had signed a major record deal with Epic records (Sony/BMG). In March 2005, The Damnwells went into the studio to record their first professional album. For six months, The Damnwells immersed themselves in preproduction, recording and mixing. But as months passed, their release date was moved further and further away. In January of 2006, lead singer Alex Dezen received a call they never expected. The band was being released from their contract and the fate of the album was unknown. For the moment it would sit on a shelf at Epic records and collect dust. The Damnwells, who had previously recorded their albums in a storage space and their apartments, were not used to waiting. ... Written by Jennifer Grimm

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They've toured the country, opened for rock legends, and you can't find their album anywhere. See more »


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Well crafted and compelling
7 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film took the Best Documentary award at last year's Phoenix Film Festival and was one vote away from winning one of the other major festival awards. There's good reason for this. It's a well crafted portrait that works, in large part, because of how good this band really is (think alternative pop with great hooks and strong vocals.) A feature length documentary needs a compelling subject, and fleshes out its subject in ways that both enlighten and entertain, and this film scores high on all counts while never becoming tedious. The movie follows the band from its humble New York beginnings to the point where it approaches critical mass; you're privy to record company meetings, concerts, and the history/background of the band and its members. The other element that really makes this film work is the band's lead singer. He's funny, intelligent and provocative, and it's his comments that provide some of the more insightful -- and often hilarious -- moments of the film. The director found a great story and wisely let it tell itself, creating a great documentary in the process. If you're a fan of the genre, don't miss this one.


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