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As Smart As They Are-The Author Project (2005)

Paul Auster , Dave Eggers , Joe Pacheco  |  NR |  DVD

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The marriage of musical curiosity One Ring Zero with the works
of several noteworthy authors is a union that deserves to be celebrated... The interviews are garnished with live and
studio footage of the band, that pulls you further into
the One Ring Zero experience. ---- Eric Campos, Film Threat

Ironic, quirky, and literally underground |more often than not,
it made me want to go back in time and attend all these
readings and shows I've missed.
Does this stuff really happen? ---- Mark Moskowitz, Director of Stone Reader

Pacheco incorporates just the right amount of music, interviews
and interesting visuals to keep the film moving along at a nice
pace... its unique storyline will entertain you and even
have you singing along ---- Richard Propes, Independent Critics

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AS SMART AS THEY ARE: THE AUTHOR PROJECT follows One Ring Zero, a band whose unique sound combines unusual instruments with unorthodox techniques, and documents their collaboration with McSweeney's Publishing and an ensemble cast of award-winning writers.

After moving to Brooklyn, One Ring Zero s founding members, Joshua Camp and Michael Hearst, discovered a curious unmarked store that doubled as a makeshift office for McSweeney s, an offbeat publishing company founded by author Dave Eggers. In addition to selling an odd assortment of products ranging from small rubber cubes to lumberjack supplies, the peculiar storefront also served as the venue for weekly literary readings that brought both burgeoning and established writers to the tiny space.

With Camp on accordion and Hearst on claviola, they soon began performing regularly at the readings and ultimately invited a handful of authors to contribute lyrics. After receiving contributions from a variety of celebrated writers including Paul Auster, Jonathan Lethem, Rick Moody and Dave Eggers, the duo then faced the challenge of setting this diverse compilation of lyrics to music.

Featuring live performances, studio sessions, and interviews with the writers and musicians, AS SMART AS THEY ARE explores the relationships between music and literature while painting a portrait of the literary community that fostered the band.

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