DiG!

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Dig!

DiG! is a 2004 documentary film directed by Ondi Timoner, and produced by Ondi Timoner, Vasco Nunes and David Timoner. Compiled from seven years of footage, it contrasts the developing careers of the bands The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre and the bands’ respective frontmen Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Anton Newcombe. It won the Documentary Grand Jury Prize at the 2004 Sundance Film Festival. The production company that created DiG! was Interloper Films, LLC.

Newcombe argues that the documentary was unfair in its portrayal of him.[citation needed] On the band’s official website, Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe publicly denounced the film as reducing several years of hard work to “at best a series of punch-ups and mishaps taken out of context, and at worst bold faced lies and misrepresentation of fact.” The story leaves one with the impression, by using Courtney as a voice over, that Anton and his band were no longer a band. There was no update regarding Anton at the time of release. [1]

Compiled from 2,000 hours of footage and narrated by Courtney Taylor-Taylor, DiG! follows the underground artist Anton Newcombe, promoting him as one of the more important yet comparatively unnoticed artists of our time.

In 1996, Anton Newcombe and his band, The Brian Jonestown Massacre ? who in a decade independently released 11 albums, 3 recorded in one year ? are hell-bent on staging a revolution in the music industry. They are convinced their friends, The Dandy Warhols, will join them to create a united front. But Anton destroys multiple opportunities for financial success, either because of drugs, or because he does not conform to record labels expectations.

While tracking the unpredictable and intense idealism of Anton Newcombe and his alternately creative and destructive path with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, DiG! also accompanies the more well-adjusted Warhols through their leader Courtney Taylor, as they navigate the corporate sea, trying to maintain their creative edge while starring in large music videos and entertaining crowds in the tens of thousands.

The Dandy Warhols’ and The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s friendship gradually grow further apart as Anton’s destructive nature and insistence on artist independence creates tension between the two bands.