Filmmakers AJ Schnack (director) and Shirley Moyers (producer) screened their They Might Be Giants documentary in New York last night (May 2) for an audience of family, friends, fans, and potential di
Filmmakers AJ Schnack (director) and Shirley Moyers (producer) screened their They Might Be Giants documentary in New York last night (May 2) for an audience of family, friends, fans, and potential distributors. The private showing of "Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns)" attracted about 300 people to see the tale of the band's Johns -- Flansburgh and Linnell -- and their rise from the city's art scene to modern rock cult favorites.
The sometimes hilarious, but sincere film is comprised of footage of the band in the studio and on tour in support of its last album, "Mink Car" (Restless), along with 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 senator Paul Simon. It also features actors Michael McKean, Andy Richter, Harry Shearer, and Janeane Garafalo offering deadpan readings of TMBG lyric selections.
Along with concert footage shot last summer in Brooklyn exclusively for the documentary, "Gigantic" also includes film and still clips of the band throughout its evolution. Among the captured moments are recent visits to "Late Night With Conan O'Brien" and "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," as well as a priceless clip of Linnell and Flansburgh performing with Doc Severinsen and "The Tonight Show" orchestra on that show.
"Gigantic" will continue its search for a distributor with planned screenings at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Florida International Film Festival in Orlando, Las Vegas' CineVegas, and San Francisco's DocFest. To see a trailer or access more information on the film, visit its official Web site.
The film's completion comes as They Might Be Giants celebrate their 20th anniversary. As previously reported, the band's first children's album, "No!," will be released June 11 via the band's own Idlewild Recordings through Rounder Records.