Drunken Bees : Giant Sand 'documentary' DVD

from Marianne Dissard


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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Marianne Dissard Ramsgate, UK

Left her home in Tucson, Arizona for an English wooden boat. Tucson chanteuse Marianne Dissard makes baroque desert noir chanson with her friends from Tucson and beyond. “Complex and yet stringent, experimental and extravagant, dramatic and sexy” (Musikwoche) ... more


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