Danielson: A Family Movie

Danielson: A Family Movie

Director: J.L. Aronson Cast: Daniel Smith, Rachel Smith, Andrew Smith



Filmmaker J.L. Aronson offers an intimate portrait of a band in which eccentric innovation and unwavering faith forms an unlikely recipe for indie-rock stardom. The year was 1995, and aspiring musician Daniel Smith needed a project for his senior thesis project at Rutgers University. Upon handing in an album recorded by the Danielson Famile entitled A Prayer for Every Hour, the ambitious student was promptly given an A for his remarkable creative efforts. The youngest sibling in the Smith family was 11 years old, and a new era in family history had been set into motion. Born and bred in the farmlands of New Jersey, Smith and his siblings formed a band that soon took to performing in vintage white nurses' outfits to symbolize the healing power of the "Good Word." Though unfavorably received by the Christian community, the Danielson Famile found an unlikely ally in the form of the independent music community. With an outsider edge that appealed to music critics who were fast beginning to grow tired of the stagnant state of modern music, Smith and his band received widespread recognition thanks to articles in such prolific publications as Rolling Stone and Spin magazines. With little money coming in and his other siblings longing to continue their education and seek out their own paths in life, Danielson Famile frontman Smith does his best to establish himself as a solo act while mentoring a then-unknown singer/songwriter with the curious name of Sufjan Stevens.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
UPC: 0014381393620
Original Release: 2006
Source: Homevision
Sound: [Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time: 1:45:00

Special Features

Over 2 hours of deleted and nearly lost scenes!; Audio commentary!; Music videos!; Trailers!; Special prizes! fun! and more!!

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Smith Participant
Rachel Smith Participant
Andrew Smith Participant
Lenny Smith Participant
Marian Smith Participant
Elin Smith Participant
Lily Smith Participant
Chris Paladino Participant
Melissa Palladino Participant
Sufjan Stevens Participant
Rick Moody Participant
Steve Albini Participant
Daniel Johnston Participant
David Garland Participant

Technical Credits
J.L. Aronson Director,Camera Operator,Editor,Producer,Sound/Sound Designer
Daniel Famile Score Composer
Sufjan Stevens Score Composer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Danielson: A Family Movie
1. Believer Magazine Party; Titles [5:38]
2. Andrew's VO: The Early Years [5:57]
3. David's VO: Jesus People; What's in a Name [5:25]
4. Megan's VO: Some Things Would Never Be the Same Again [4:05]
5. Chris Palladino's VO: At Home Out of Place [3:44]
6. Spare Shoes at the Knitting Factory; Slumping the Scene [8:51]
7. All Tomorrow's Parties; Straight-Forward, Materialist, Practical Human Beings [9:38]
8. Europa; a Change Is Going to Come [7:14]
9. Rachel's Letter Home; Sufjan Learns More [3:05]
10. Catagorical Denials [6:01]
11. Imaginary Friends [9:02]
12. Surprise! (Home Studio) [2:52]
13. Brother in Progress [9:18]
14. That's Not My Dance [4:05]
15. Cookin' the Mid-County (Alone Again, Naturally) [7:49]
16. Gallery Opening [2:12]
17. Many Other Applications [4:48]
18. Ships Set Sail: End Credits [5:48]

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