Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck are struggling to balance parenthood with making music in their internationally acclaimed Montreal-based band Thee Silver Mt. Zion ...
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Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck are struggling to balance parenthood with making music in their internationally acclaimed Montreal-based band Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. They are one of a growing number of bands to have accepted an infant (Efrim and Jessica's son, Ezra) into their touring life. Making a living has never been more difficult for musicians: a downloading generation has shattered the economics of the music industry, and constant touring has become synonymous with economic survival. Touring with children is both costly and complicated, yet Jessica and Efrim, and fellow band mates Sophie Trudeau, Thierry Amar and Dave Payant, are determined to combine family life and being on the road with the band's deep political commitment. As SMZ perseveres in making art and an honest living, we follow Jessica as she discovers the parallel path that mothers can find themselves on while attempting to pursue artistic endeavours along side their peers....Written by
This film is a very insightful and powerful exploration of what it means to be a parent in today's world. Through the characters, the film maker invites the viewer to consider troubling questions about what it means to share parenting responsibilities for families that see themselves as progressive. A must see for 20-30 somethings, and those who love them, who are grappling what it means to live according to one's principles. The close exploration of a very unique family within their circle of eccentric and creative friends acts as a powerful allegory for the struggles faced by all sorts of modern families. The film maker has done a wonderful job of presenting a film which raises questions that are essential to think about. A must see.
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