A documentary by Marianne Dissard about Tucson band Giant Sand. Shot in 1994. Released first on VHS, then released in 2004 on DVD.
Length : 30mn. Bonus lengths: 29+5mn
With Howe Gelb, Joey Burns and John Convertino, Victoria Williams, Rainer Ptacek, Vic Chestnutt and many more folks from Tucson's downtown circa 1994.
Includes two bonus extras: Giant Prequel from 1994, and the "Searchlight" video from 1989.
ALL regions. English with english subtitles option.
SIGNAL TO NOISE review of DRUNKEN BEES: “Drunken Bees, the Marianne Dissard film chronicling Giant Sand circa 1994 is a fascinating glimpse at a “classic” Giant Sand lineup: Howe Gelb, Joey Burns, John Convertino and Bill Elm. The title is taken from a particularly excoriating review of the band’s 1994 album “Glum”, which appeared in Rolling Stone; in one scene, the band dissects the review with grim humor. Clocking in at one hour, the film supplies a tantalizing glimpse of the band’s creative process and their Tucson stomping grounds. Unlike many rockumentaries, some of the offstage banter is surprisingly entertaining. In a similar vein as much of the band’s music, Dissard’s film pieces together an overall impression from fragmentary bits of materials; she prefers vignettes linked by common themes to overarching narrative. While you might wish for lengthier portions from live performances and studio sessions, Drunken Bees is a gentle, affectionate portrayal of the witty humor and lo-fi inventiveness of Giant Sand” –
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