Directed by Ondi Timoner (UMVD DVD)
The premise is a relatively flimsy one at best â€“ pit two rival rock â€™nâ€™ roll bands against each other and document their respective trajectories over a seven-year period. Weâ€™re not talking Zeppelin and Sabbath here, though. Ondi Timonerâ€™s award-winning DIG! depicts the strikingly diverse paths and ambitions of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols, two American alternative rock bands from the 1990s. Neither band is a particularly big draw or a household name (the Dandy Warhols did manage to trouble the pop charts once or twice, albeit to no lasting effect). Despite the bandsâ€™ borderline anonymity in the grand scheme of things, DIG! is assuredly more than just a fans-only feature. Itâ€™s a hugely compelling film and a striking glimpse into the world of struggling musicians.