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Strange Negotiations (2019)

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A documentary exploring the spiritual, artistic, and personal turmoil of musician David Bazan (from the band Pedro the Lion), set against America's own crisis of faith highlighted by the 2016 presidential election.


Brandon Vedder





Credited cast:
Jonah Bayer Jonah Bayer ... Self
David Bazan
David Dark David Dark ... Self
Michael Gungor Michael Gungor ... Self
Justin McRoberts Justin McRoberts ... Self
Troy Nelson Troy Nelson ... Self
Donald Trump ... Self (archive footage)


After abandoning his long-held Christian beliefs and walking away from his critically-acclaimed band, Pedro the Lion, musician David Bazan retreated into a solitary life as a solo musician - modest house shows, weeks away from family, and lingering questions about his faith, music, and America. STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, follows Bazan a decade into his journey as a reluctant prophet for a generation wrestling with America's own crisis of faith, highlighted by the 2016 presidential election. Written by Aspiration Entertainment

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Above Average Documentary on the Reinvention of a Musician
27 June 2019 | by lchadbou-326-26592See all my reviews

Strange Negotiations, also the title of an album by the artist profiled here, David Bazan, has a well shaped story arc that carries along the viewer who may not be as knowledgeable with the kind of music Bazan plays. A popular figure in Christian rock circles, Bazan has lost some of his crowd when he starts to question the faith he was brought up in, coincidentally around the same time that many US Christians are starting to support the very un Christian character of Donald Trump.The cleverly thought out directorial approach alternates between sweeping overhead views of the landscapes Bazan drives himself through, as he tries to reinvent his audience by playing in smaller house party setups, and tight closeups as we see the musician ruminating about his situation.The film should appeal to fans of indie rock, to those who have gone through a similar crisis of faith, and to those who want to share a glimpse of parts of the American terrain that, as the director has pointed out, are often ignored by the coastal elites.

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25 June 2019 (USA) See more »

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Charleston, South Carolina, USA See more »

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