Brian Jonestown Massacre
Documentary, Dig!, Wins
Sundance Grand Jury Award

Dig! poster

Brian Jonestown Massacre

Dig! poster

Top: poster for “Dig!”

Middle: BJM

Bottom: Ondi Timoner

Ondi Timoner’s documentary, Dig!, won the highest honor — the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at this year’s 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 bitter rivals.

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.


Barry’s 2001 report from Sundance