This is the story of the hardest working rock band you've probably never heard of, August Christopher, and their 20-year, 3000-show career playing anywhere and everywhere; containing all the mayhem, craziness, and tenacity you could imagine!
I really enjoyed this film. First, the music was GREAT! Really, really good. Parts of the movie were a little raw, but they almost had to be to give credence to the story. It's a true story about an American rock and roll band. There's all the zany antics you would expect from a traveling band as well as the sometimes toxic excesses. But there's a lot of heart to this movie as well. Frontman Criss Cheatham gives us a window into his world. Often irreverent, sometimes rough, suprisingly poignant -- Cheatham is the driving force behind August Christopher -- one of the best, if not THE best band you've probably never heard of. These guys are first rate musicians who play for the love of it. They travel from city to city in a dilapidated van for $100 each -- on a good night. 250 shows a year, and the temptations of the road take their toll. And Cheatham let's us peek through that window too. Amazingly, through the rock and roll haze -- there is a measure of redemption. There is healing. There is reconciliation. Cheatham and his mates find some clarity. It's a great journey that will leave you wanting more.
Even if this is not your kind of music (like me), you will love this doc and you will be rooting for this band and feeling their pain and passion. It's refreshingly an honest look at a hard working, determined band that captures them as real people instead of overly focusing on the "behind the music" typical formulaic drama. Instead, you get to go on the road with the band, a bunch of flawed but passionate guys who love what they do and want to make it big.... and by the end, you feel like you've made some new friends. Watch it!
I watched a movie, documentary of sorts. Encountered guitars, drums, fans & beautiful chaos. A story of unrelenting dreams & goals. There were records made that will end up in books & amphitheaters that echo their last breath of glorious music. Fire defining the End & ice in the form of snow falling before a child's eye behind a camera. Lost love & reaching so deep to find it again. Mohawks, feather boas, polyester... A story of exquisite talent, drive & passion. Getting lost but always finding the way back to what the soul was meant to do here on earth. Sheer talent to the utmost raw level the word has to offer. The legacy that's left & the future that the offspring is most definitely going to bring us. Charisma like none I've met and I'm betting for a lifetime will never be topped. Gifted is my word to describe. Gifted beyond his own imagination. I watched a movie...
Okay I admit - I was trying to watch the "All or Nothing" football series about the Arizona Cardinals - and by happy accident stumbled upon this great documentary about a band I never heard of.. and was thoroughly entertained! I kept waiting... hey, these guys don't look like football players - but they sure have that drive and passion like all great athletes do... And you know what? Their story pulls you in... The music is pretty good too... IF you've ever played air guitar or sang out loud in your car driving in traffic and thought... HEY, WHY DON'T I BE A ROCKSTAR, TOO ..? Then this is the movie for you, bro! These guys follow their dreams.. get knocked down.. keep going.. show you what its like to go All or Nothing.. and chase your dreams..
Loved this documentary! This is an emotional rollercoaster of a story about an amazing band's journey, but more importantly, about the hopes, dreams, successes, failure, heartbreaks, courage, and everything in between that a human spirit goes through as they pursue their passion.
I was hooked from the beginning, engaged to keep wanting to see what happened next, shocked, moved, amazed (the live performances are unreal) and in the end, left inspired. What makes this movie so real is the rawness and honesty of the stories Chris tells about the failures and mistakes made along the journey. But, the beauty of the story is the success Chris found personally and with his family, even though the pursuit of something great from August Christopher has yet to be fulfilled.
The music is unlike anything you've likely heard as it does not fall clearly into any one genre. And, that's what makes these musicians something greater than just a rock band...they are entertainers, composers, free spirits who come together in the moment to create something so incredibly unexpected, yet powerful. The blend of rock, punk, country, blues, pop, rap, etc...is compilation of sound that very few bands could create...while they also engage the crowd and pull them into the performance to take the show to such a higher level...that's the magic that bands like Phish, Dave Matthews, Grateful Dead, etc could spark that would draw fans to follow them from all over.
This was a gift to anyone who appreciates music, entertainment or simply exploring the power and energy and emotions that flow through the human journey. Thanks!
This is truly what a ROCK”N ROLL film (maybe life) should be all about! This is an incredible autobiographical look at the band August Christopher and their lead singer Chris Cheatham. It is such an entertaining, insightful, thought-provoking and moving film that it will leave you wanting for more and searching for their music (which is great by the way!) Highly recommend it!
This is not the kind of documentary I usually watch, but I was completely surprised by it, all the way to the end. The real journey for a performing artist is always full of ups and downs, those moments when you want to give up and those times when you think the big break is just around the corner. And travelling and performing away from your family really takes a toll. This is a documentary for everyone who wanted to be in a rock band, and everyone who was and didn't quite make it. Bonus -- the music is great! I liked these guys a lot.
If you ever wondered what the life of a traveling unsigned Rock band is like, this documentary gives you an honest raw front row perspective. The film pulls no punches, as we follow along the ups and downs of the gut wrenching march toward the ultimate goal of recognition. And as a bonus you get to listen to great music. These guys can play...