Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Taking the baby on tour: new doco screening at MIFF

I wish I'd thought of making this film! Ah well, it exists now - and that's the important thing...

Come Worry With Us (screening at this year's Melbourne International Film Festival) is about the "struggle to balance parenthood with the realities of life as a working, and therefore touring, musician".

I know nothing about the band - and haven't seen the film yet - but it sounds like something anyone interested in the crazy parenting/creativity combo should know about. Here's the blurb:

...when Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra members Jessica Moss and Efrim Menuck welcomed their son Ezra to the world, and to their by-necessity nomadic lives, the old pressures of financial insecurity, artistic integrity and life-work balance are joined by the new challenge of raising a family. 

Adding further complications are Jessica's realisation that she has fallen into the traditional role of mother, and Efrim's dual obligations with Thee Silver Mt. Zion and his other band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor.

Award-winning filmmaker Helene Klodawsky follows the band on the road as these pressures begin to mount, producing an honest, beautifully shot profile that will speak not just to fans of post-rock but to anyone struggling with the 21st-century anxieties of making a living while maintaining the integrity of an artistic life.

Come Worry With Us is screening on August 13 and 16 at 9pm - book tix here.

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