TMBG's 'Gigantic' Film Finds U.S. Distribution
After months of film festival and special screenings, "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)," AJ Schnack's feature film documentary about Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo They Might Be Giants, has been picked up byAfter months of film festival and special screenings, "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)," AJ Schnack's feature film documentary about Brooklyn, N.Y.-based duo They Might Be Giants, has been picked up by Plexifilm and Cowboy Pictures for U.S. distribution. Produced by Bonfire Films of America, "Gigantic" will open in New York in May, with openings in major U.S. markets to follow.
"I've always thought the Giants were insane geniuses, and this film proves it," Plexifilm CEO Gary Hustwit said in a statement. "AJ has done a great job capturing them in all their absurdist glory, and we're very proud to be bringing this film to a wide audience."
Earlier this year Plexifilm and Cowboy partnered to release "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart," Sam Jones' documentary on the making of Wilco's Nonesuch album "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot." Bonfire Films has produced music videos for Blink-182, 311, Papa Roach, Cypress Hill with the Fugees, Cake, Superchunk, and The Apples In Stereo, among others.
As previously reported, the sometimes hilarious, but sincere "Gigantic" features the band in the studio and on tour in support of its 2001 Restless album, "Mink Car." It also boasts interviews with everyone from former Pixies lead singer Frank Black and Blink-182 member Mark Hoppus to legendary New York talk show host Joe Franklin and former U.S. senator Paul Simon. Actors Michael McKean, Andy Richter, Harry Shearer, and Janeane Garafalo are among those who add deadpan readings of TMBG lyric selections to the film.
Tonight (Dec. 20), ABC's "Up Close" will showcase "Gigantic," which celebrates two decades of collaboration by John Linnell and John Flansburgh. Bonfire's Shirley Moyers, the film's producer, tells Billboard.com that the Ted Koppel-hosted program will feature 14 minutes of footage from "Gigantic." Produced by ABC News, "Up Close" airs at 12:05 a.m. ET, immediately following "Nightline."
The band, whose career was also recently celebrated on Rhino's "Dial-A-Song: 20 Years of They Might Be Giants," has a trio of live performances on its schedule to close out 2002. The band will perform Saturday at the Vanderbilt in Plainview, N.Y., and Dec. 27-28 at New York's Irving Plaza.
As a Christmas present to its fans, the band has posted five songs for download on its recently redesigned official Web site. The "brand new MP3s" section of the site boasts free downloads of "Words Are Like," "Your Mom's Alright" with Mike Doughty (ex-Soul Coughing), "Ant," "Feast of Lights," and "Concrete and Clay."