Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Plexifilm
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Additional Release Material:
- Featurette: I AM TRYING TO MAKE A FILM
- Audio Commentary: Wico, Band; Sam Jones, Director
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Additional Text: Liner Notes - David Fricke, Jounalist
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 07/26/2002
"...A music documentary with an unusually strong narrative....Mr. Jones manages to generate some authentic dramatic tension and surprise..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/02/2002
"...An exciting and involving rock music doc, a smart and satisfying look inside that tumultuous world..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 07/26/2002
"...Riveting....A fascinating story that perfectly sums up a moment in time....A true and subtly nuanced portrait..."
Box Office - 09/01/2002
"...An engrossing portrait of uncompromising artists trying to create something original against the backdrop of a corporate music industry that only seems to care about the bottom line..."
Film Comment - 05/01/2003
"...Its portrait of frontman Jeff Tweedy, bolstered by Jones's luminous black-and-white photography, is gentle and enduring..."
Rolling Stone - 11/27/2003
"...Sam Jones' film turns into a comic farce worthy of Monty Python..."
In early 2000, the Chicago-based, country-influenced rock band Wilco began preparing for the recording of their fourth record, YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT. Filmmaker/photographer Sam Jones went along with them to document a band at the height of its creative powers. What started as a simple documentary about the making of a record became a far more dramatic saga when, early in the recording process, drummer Ken Coomer left the band. Then, months later, friction between vocalist/chief songwriter Jeff Tweedy and multi-instrumentalist Jay Bennett resulted in Bennett's departure. Adding to the setbacks, upon the completion of the record, Wilco's longtime label, Reprise, rejected it and released the band from its roster. I AM TRYING TO BREAK YOUR HEART chronicles the critically-acclaimed band's efforts to overcome these difficulties--efforts which eventually helped to make FOXTROT the band's most successful release. Director Jones intimately captures the band on 16mm black and white film as they perform over twenty songs. More importantly, he also captures the pitfalls that develop when strong personalities embark on a collaborative creative endeavor. Fans of the band will have plenty to cheer about, while the uninitiated will come away with further cinematic proof of the difficulty of achieving the rock and roll dream.
Description by Alternative Distribution Alliance:
First-time filmmaker and award winning photographer Sam Jones chronicled a turbulent chapter in Wilco's history as it unfolded. Filled with live performances, rehearsals, recording sessions, and behind the scenes drama, this film is a now legendary portrait of a band making the best music of its career.
Country Rock |
Music (General) |
Pop / Rock |
Rock Bands |
- Theatrical Release: July 26, 2002 (NY)
August 2, 2002 (LA)