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I Am Trying to Break Your Heart (2002)

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

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Cast

Credited cast:
Jeff Tweedy ... Himself
John Stirratt John Stirratt ... Himself
Leroy Bach Leroy Bach ... Himself
Glenn Kotche Glenn Kotche ... Himself
Jay Bennett Jay Bennett ... Himself
Greg Kot Greg Kot ... Himself
Tony Margherita Tony Margherita ... Himself
Fred Armisen ... Himself
Wes Orshoski Wes Orshoski ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Bentley Bill Bentley
David Bither David Bither
Lin Brehmer Lin Brehmer
Chris Brickley Chris Brickley
Ken Coomer Ken Coomer ... Himself
David Fricke David Fricke
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Documentary | Music

Certificate:

Unrated
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Details

Official Sites:

Wilco the Movie

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 2002 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,776, 28 July 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$445,521, 13 July 2003
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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References Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) See more »

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Fascinating portrait of musical creativity
12 January 2003 | by buck_odSee all my reviews

Walking into this movie I had no working knowledge of Wilco other than the fact that their latest album, "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot", had received a fair degree of press. Completely untainted by prior convictions I found this movie to be the most fascinating document of artistic creativity and tension ever committed to film. Not only is the music great, but the story surrounding the making of the album is captivating.


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