Brian Jonestown Massacre
Documentary, Dig!, Wins
Sundance Grand Jury Award
Top: poster for Dig!
Bottom: Ondi Timoner
Ondi Timoners documentary, Dig!,
won the highest honor the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary
at this years Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
The film depicts the relationship between Anton
Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Courtney Taylor of
the Dandy Warhols on their quest to revolutionize the music world,
during which they prove themselves to be both best friends and
Timoner produced, edited and co-shot "Dig!"
with her brother David. The final version of "Dig!"
was amazingly culled from over 1500 hours of footage shot over
the course of the last seven and a half years, in which she painstakingly
followed Brian Jonestown Massacre, and to a lesser degree their
archrival, the Dandy Warhols, capturing amazing footage of the
ups and downs of these two excellent rock bands.
While Anton and BJM prolificly churn out independently produced
masterpieces, Courtney Taylor leads his band, the Dandy Warhols,
to semi-respectability and considerable success. Taylor admires
Newcombe's genius but gradually finds him impossible to be around.
Taylor makes an attempt to explain the dueling rapport between
himself and Newcombe through his narration of the film.
I was fortunate enough to be at Sundance again
this year, mostly to show my support for Ondi, her friends and
family, the Brian Jonestown Massacre, and to attend the world
premiere, and the party for "Dig!, which featured musical
performances by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Miranda Lee Richards,
and a guest dj set by BJM member Joel Gion.
2001 report from Sundance