It's safe to say you've probably never met anyone quite like Anton Newcombe, the mercurial--to say the least--frontman for psychedelic rock cult act Brian Jonestown Massacre. Walking the tightrope between messianic rock star and mental illness patient, Newcombe's unpredictable and explosive personality make him perfect documentary fodder.

'Dig!' traces the friendship and dissolution between Newcombe's band and Portland group The Dandy Warhols and stands as not only one of the best rock documentaries, but an insightful look on the creative process and how to deal with success and failure.
It's safe to say you've probably never met anyone quite like Anton Newcombe, the mercurial--to say the least--frontman for psychedelic rock cult act Brian Jonestown Massacre. Walking the tightrope between messianic rock star and mental illness patient, Newcombe's unpredictable and explosive personality make him perfect documentary fodder.

'Dig!' traces the friendship and dissolution between Newcombe's band and Portland group The Dandy Warhols and stands as not only one of the best rock documentaries, but an insightful look on the creative process and how to deal with success and failure.

Culled from over 2,000 hours of tape, director Ondi Timoner ('We Live in Public') spent seven years following the two bands and documented both the Warhols' ascent in the music industry and Newcombe's devolution and obstinate refusal to play by industry rules. Consequently, he is viewed as hero to some and fool to others, but always remains an enigmatic figure. As the paths of each band begin to diverge, the friendship between Newcombe and Warhols frontman Courtney Taylor-Taylor quickly dissolve, all captured on tape. The movie received the Sundance Grand Jury Prize: Documentary Category upon its release.

'Dig!' is available for free at Snagfilms.com.
CATEGORIES Documentaries