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March 18th, 2009

The Family Jams: A Film by Kevin Barker

Produced by Kevin Barker (Currituck Co., Vetiver), The Family Jams features Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver as they tour the country performing their genre-defining music in the summer of 2004. They help each other overcome family tragedies and car accidents, and meet colorful characters, forgotten musical heroes, and folk luminaries as they travel across the country.

The film is an intimate portrait of life on the road for these young musicians early in their careers, playing tiny, obscure clubs and art galleries, but on the verge of larger success where small vans are replaced by large, impersonal tour buses. Here music is a creative, organic, inclusive endeavor. They not only sing about the world in which they want to live, they create it.

The film will be screening at the Sarasota Film Festival – we’ll keep you updated when further news comes our way!



  1. wow

    Comment by kevin — March 18, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
  2. Been hearing about this piece for a while. Can’t wait to see it. Nice to see a brief shot of the Compound in Philly in there!

    Comment by Mark Schoneveld — March 18, 2009 @ 8:04 pm
  3. i can’t wait to see this

    Comment by Josh — March 18, 2009 @ 9:54 pm
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  5. is there anyway to see or buy this?

    Comment by molly — March 23, 2009 @ 12:15 am
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  7. The film will screen at the Sarasota Film Festival Thursday, April 2, 9:30 PM and Friday, April 3, 9:30 PM at the Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 on Main Street in downtown Sarasota, FL.

    Comment by Sarasota Film Festival — March 23, 2009 @ 6:20 pm
  8. Love to see/ buy this film when it’s available

    Comment by glenn — March 28, 2009 @ 9:01 pm
  9. Hello!
    Very Interesting post! Thank you for such interesting resource!
    PS: Sorry for my bad english, I’v just started to learn this language ;)
    See you!
    Your, Raiul Baztepo

    Comment by RaiulBaztepo — March 28, 2009 @ 10:59 pm
  10. I just saw this film last night at the Sarasota Film Festival, it was fantastic. Lovers of Joanna Newsom, Vetiver and Devandra Banhart need to see it when Parker has it ready for national screening (he is still working out some music licensing and sound mixing, so those of us who were able to see it at the festival actually did not view the final cut of the film, but a close-to-done rough cut.) Everyone there left the theater feeling uplifted and needing to hug one another!

    Comment by Jen — April 3, 2009 @ 8:39 pm
  11. i saw it at the festival it was incredible. There are a couple sequences with Devandra that are so pure and buetiful that I will remember them for a long time to come. The director Kevin Barker was a sweetheart . I wish them so much luck

    Comment by summer — April 10, 2009 @ 5:13 am
  12. WANT

    Comment by Matthew — June 21, 2009 @ 11:30 pm
  13. This thing has taken forever to come out! can’t wait to get my hands on a copy. Any idea when it goes to wide distribution? love love love these guys

    Comment by Dan Baker — June 29, 2009 @ 8:55 pm
  14. I need to know if/when it will be distributed too!
    Every stimulation (visual or aural) I’ve ever received from Devendra, Antony, or Vetiver fills my heart, whether it is with happiness or sadness.
    <3 Love. <3

    Comment by Natalie — July 13, 2009 @ 6:04 am
  15. Amazon or english distribution?

    Comment by ja see — November 20, 2009 @ 2:33 am
  16. Great Blog!……There’s always something here to make me laugh…Keep doing what ya do :)

    Comment by Tsquare — March 5, 2010 @ 9:38 pm
  17. does anyone know if this is ever going to be coming out besides in a festival?

    Comment by tyty — December 20, 2010 @ 3:38 am
  18. still keeping a hopeful eye out for this… please release!

    Comment by kjs — July 31, 2011 @ 6:19 pm

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