Doc Series supplements Robbie Robertson profile with pre-film silent auction
On Thursday, December 5th, at the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, the Bozeman Doc Series continues its sixth season with the Montana premiere of the critically acclaimed new documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band. The film screens at 7pm.
The screening will be preceded at 6pm by a reception featuring food and drink in the Emerson lobby and the first of the bi-annual Doc Series silent auctions featuring items from sponsors such as Saffron Table, The Lark, Bozeman Spirits and many more.
Once Were Brothers is a confessional, cautionary and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become his brothers in music, together making their mark on music history.
From their early days as the rockabilly outfit The Hawks, to their turbulent days as the band behind Bob Dylan on his first plugged-in tour, to their bittersweet final performance captured in Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz, the film provides an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential bands of their era. The film blends rare archival footage, photography, iconic songs and interviews with Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison and more.
Once Were Brothers world premiered this fall at the Toronto International Film Festival where it was selected as the opening night film.
“Engaging, lively, introspective… a terrific storytelling arc, a treasure trove of archival footage and, naturally, those iconic songs… serve as a valuable reminder of what The Band left behind.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s no surprise to anyone who’s met him or even listened thoughtfully to some of the greatest rock songs ever written that Robertson would be such an articulate and ingratiating tour guide through all this glorious and eventually tortured history.” – Variety
“Has the power to transport you, but also to break your heart.” – The Wrap
The reception and silent auction begin at 6pm, prior to the film at 7pm. The silent auction will include: gift certificates from several Doc Series sponsors including The Lark, Treeline Coffee and Saffron Table, gift boxes from Bozeman Spirits, a massage from REintegrative Massage, passes and schwag from the Doc Series, and much more.
Single admission to Once Were Brothers is $10, or $8 for students. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Cactus Records and Movie Lovers, as well as the Doc Series website. Visit www.bozemandocseries.org to purchase Season Passes or 7-film punch cards, and to view trailers for upcoming films.
This biweekly documentary screening series is curated by award-winning filmmaker Jason Burlage. The Doc Series brings brand new films from around the world to the Emerson’s Crawford Theater and will continue through April. •