USA – 2011 – 60 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY BILLY MARTIN
FEATURING MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD
NON-THEATRICAL: AVAILABLE FOR TV, VOD & FILM FESTIVALS ONLY
Taking a look into the minds and lives of the band, drummer/percussionist Billy Martin directed the first feature film in the band's history.
Working through a year-long period of personal 16mm film and HD camcorder footage of MMW on the road and in the studio during the Radiolarians recordings, the film provides an extremely intimate portrait of the band. It highlights the trio's intricate relationships with each other and with the music they have worked to create over 20 years as a band. Unique to the Radiolarians series, the band switched the order of conventional album cycles. Instead of touring to support a new release, MMW used touring as a way to compose and refine their music live, then they took the material to the recording studio.
This inverted process allowed them to release Radiolarians I, II, and III in just 2 years, a rare feat for a recording artist. This DVD provides fans and critics unprecedented access to the band during their everyday lives.
It's raw, highly personal, and real. The DVD also includes a music video, the esoteric Incant to Chantes Des Femmes directed by Grey Gersten, and an experiment with time-lapse film entitled CW, a metaphoric look at the evolving and intricate relationship between Chris Wood and John Medeski from Martin's perspective.
Filmed on the tour bus, CW is set to music of "First Light" and features excerpts of transistor radio used in "Chasen v. Suribachi."