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Chris Thile is “probably a once in a century musician.” –T Bone Burnett

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We want to make a DVD and BluRay of HOW TO GROW A BAND. If this campaign reaches its goal, your pledge will fund the creation of a deluxe, limited-edition, two-disc set packed with bonus features not available anywhere else.

BBC Scotland, 19 January 2008
BBC Scotland, 19 January 2008

HOW TO GROW A BAND is an independently produced, feature-length documentary about Punch Brothers—a group of jaw-dropping musicians who set out to do something pretty daring and very awesome. Our documumentary is an intimately rendered, observational film about the early days of one of the most talented young bands on the planet. HTGAB has been completed, mixed and mastered. It has been distributed theatrically and received critical praise along the way—like being named a New York Magazine Critics’ Pick and one of Paste Magazine’s Top 10 Music Documentaries of 2012. 

We have been pleasantly surprised by the number of people that have written us requesting a DVD or BluRay. So our concept is to create a high-end, limited-edition two-disc set loaded with bonus features, extras and goodies that won't be available anywhere else, all in a package so beautiful you could introduce it to mom and dad. Even if our campaign to make these DVDs/BluRays does not succeed, most of you will still have the opportunity to watch HTGAB. Beginning on April 23, the movie will roll out across digital platforms (iTunes, Amazon, Netflix and others) in the US/UK/Canada/Australia, followed by worldwide later in the year. 

So why support this campaign if you can spend less to see the movie sooner online? Well, these DVDs/BluRays are for folks who:

  • want to go even deeper behind the scenes than the 89 minute movie will take them. 
  • want an object to hold and to treasure and to come back to over time.
  • want to see their names in this package's liner notes or show their affection for this movie and this band by putting a poster on their wall, a sticker on their instrument case, a shirt on their back.
  • live outside of the US, UK, Canada or Australia and prefer not to wait for global distribution.
  • have a special someone for whom these rewards would make a perfect gift. 

If that sounds like you or someone you know, check out the backer rewards over there on the right and consider joining the campaign.

The way Kickstarter works is that if we don’t reach our goal of $32,000, your pledge will be returned. But if we do reach or exceed our goal, we will be able to start creating these special DVD/BluRay packages. If you like what you see here, please consider sharing, liking, tweeting, tumbling, pinning, mountaintop shouting or engaging in any other activity that will politely and exuberantly spread the word. 

Thank you for inspiring us to launch this campaign. 

Mark Meatto, Director/Producer/Editor & Michael Bohlmann, Producer   

ABOUT THE MOVIE

"People felt like this was my flight of fancy they needed to protect me from."—Chris Thile in HOW TO GROW A BAND

HOW TO GROW A BAND follows mandolin virtuoso (and MacArthur Foundation “Genius”) Chris Thile through a turning point in his life and musical career. By age 26, he had already reached some significant career highs, winning a couple of Grammys for both his solo records and his work with the platinum-selling, pop-bluegrass trio Nickel Creek. But, in a move that stunned fans in 2006, Thile and Nickel Creek went on “indefinite hiatus” while Thile paused to re-assess and, in many ways, start over. Our movie is about what happened next. 

Dublin International Airport, 17 January 2008
Dublin International Airport, 17 January 2008

The film follows Thile as he begins again with bold plans to bring to life a 45-minute musical elegy to a failed marriage written for traditional bluegrass instruments—an endeavor that led to the birth and formation of one of the most talented young bands in America, Punch Brothers. HTGAB charts the first steps of the band’s musical journey and looks behind the scenes at the decisions and compromises that must be made by artists looking to evolve and survive. 

This is a film about starting something. And about the first steps taken in relationships that we sense just might change our lives. The relationship this movie explores is the intimate, dazzling union that is Punch Brothers. But the film is about much more than just a moment in time for a particularly talented band. It is about the creative process itself.

ABOUT THE LIMITED EDITION DVD/BLURAY 

Because the movie will be available digitally, we feel the DVD/BluRay packages should offer you more in-depth content than the digital experience will provide. Also, we figure, as long as you’re buying actual objects (as opposed to the right to watch 1s and 0s), those objects might as well be something you’d be proud to display in your home or give as a gift. This list of bonus features may change slightly, but here's what we are planning for the hand-numbered, two-disc set:

  • Available on DVD or BluRay
  • A Director’s Commentary Track (featuring some special guests) with insights and stories on how the movie was made.
  • Outtakes from the film and previously unreleased performances, rehearsals and late night picking sessions.
  • Additional tunes played by Punch Brothers at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s visually stunning Allen Room. Which show just happened to be Thile’s 27th Birthday. And there was a lunar eclipse that night. 
  • A never before seen featurette on the making of Punch Brothers' second album “Antifogmatic”
  • A handsome 100% PCW 5 x 7 package printed with vegetable-based ink stocks.
  • A liner-notes insert booklet featuring the names of ALL our Kickstarter supporters.
  • Plus…a few other audio-visual surprises!

If the campaign succeeds, we will get to work straight away on producing the DVD/BluRay. To be clear: these deluxe packages would be a limited edition thing. Once they are all spoken for, no others will be made. Ever. 

Proof of Concept for the $12 Backers-Only Poster
Proof of Concept for the $12 Backers-Only Poster
Nashville Film Festival Poster (11 x 17) by Deke Smith
Nashville Film Festival Poster (11 x 17) by Deke Smith
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Poster (11 x 17) by Deke Smith
Telluride Bluegrass Festival Poster (11 x 17) by Deke Smith
Newport Folk Festival Poster (11 x 17) by Deke Smith
Newport Folk Festival Poster (11 x 17) by Deke Smith
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Poster (11 x 17) by Mark Meatto
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Poster (11 x 17) by Mark Meatto
Theatrical One Sheet (11 x 17 or 27 x 40) by Mark Meatto & Kevin Gaor
Theatrical One Sheet (11 x 17 or 27 x 40) by Mark Meatto & Kevin Gaor
American Apparel 50/50 T-Shirt (Front)
American Apparel 50/50 T-Shirt (Front)
American Apparel 50/50 T-Shirt (Back)
American Apparel 50/50 T-Shirt (Back)

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

As with every other aspect of this film, we will do as much as possible "in-house." However, we will be engaging outside vendors to accomplish tasks - like the creation of a glass master for the DVDs & BluRays, the printing of the packages, the silk-screening of the T-Shirts - that are beyond the capability of our independent production company. It is possible that setbacks may arise or production delays may occur.

We are, however, committed to working as hard as we can to produce and deliver these rewards as quickly as possible. And we will alert our backers about our progress even if we encounter any setbacks.

Since the film is already completed, perhaps the biggest challenge this campaign faces is reaching those fans that would like to own a physical copy of HTGAB if only they knew it was available. This campaign will be a fully grassroots thing that will rely on friends and fans to help spread the word. How to grow a movie? Join the campaign and let the world know you did!

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