Come Worry With Us! : Thee Silver Mt. ZionHD Closed Captioning
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Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck, founding member of the revered Montreal band, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, had it all figured out ... or at least some of it. Partners in love and art, they were making music and a modest living touring in their own band, the extraordinary Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. But when their son Ezra is born, everything changes. In the age of the digital download, constant touring is synonymous with economic survival. But is the road a place for a toddler? Featuring extensive footage of Thee Silver Mount Zion performing live on their North American tour, Come Worry With Us delivers a heartfelt depiction of the increasingly complex personal choices musicians - and especially women - have to make in today’s music business.
Fantastic, well-done documentary
Full disclosure: I’m a huge GY!BE and Thee Silver Mt. Zion fan. But I don’t think that colors my opinion too much. On its own this movie is a really interesting look into the lives of Efrim, Jessica, and their son Ezra as a family and as working/touring musicians trying to make ends meet. There is an interesting clash between Efrim and Jessica's need to provide for Ezra and personal principle - choosing not to charge more for tickets and merchandise on tours when they easily could (and live much more comfortably). There are questions re: traditional gender roles/balance and how Efrim and Jessica fit in to that template - they seem almost surprised at how it turns out (not in a bad way). It’s clearly not easy for them to make some of the choices and sacrifices they have to make (like many parents), but despite the palpable tension and stress, there is an underlying and ultimately overwhelming feeling of optimism and a commitment by all of the musicians featured to honesty and principle. Really well-done film. And, it’s beautifully shot to boot.