director JL Aronson
duration 105 minutes
media Digibeta PAL
producer JL Aronson
production "Creative Arson Productions Cumberland Street Brooklyn, NY 11238 USA firstname.lastname@example.org tel: 646.342.9646"
cinematography JL Aronson
editor JL Aronson
Danielson: a Family Movie is a documentary about unbridled creativity vs. accessibility, Christian faith vs. popular culture, underground music vs. survival, and family vs. individuality. The film follows Daniel Smith, an eccentric musician and visual artist, as he leads his four siblings and best friend to indie-rock stardom. Beginning in 1994 when the youngest band member was 10 years old, the Danielson Famile performs in white, vintage nurse costumes to symbolize the healing power of the Good News, a recurring subject matter. Though tepidly received by the Christian music world, the South Jersey farmland-bred clan is widely embraced by the mainstream independent music community, written about in Rolling Stone, Spin, the New York Times and elsewhere as an outsider curiosity backed up by innovative, experimental music. But as with other family acts, and particularly those that don't make much money, members of the band begin to seek out their own paths as they go through college and Daniel eventually faces the struggle to become viable as a solo act. With production starting in 2002, at a high water mark for the band, all the drama is played out before the camera making Danielson: a Family Movie both engaging and entertaining. Collage, direct cinema, animation and memorable performances all contribute to this thoughtful and thought-provoking spectacle.
"JL Aronson?s own documentary and experimental film work includes ""Senior Picture"" (distributed on the Kill Rock Stars ?Starter Set? DVD) and the feature documentary, ""Punk Rock/ Heavy Metal Karaoke"" (2001). He is also the founder of Creative Arson Productions, creating TV commercials, marketing videos and full-length programs for the Village Voice, Siren Music Festival, Central Park Summerstage, Coney Island, and Wired Magazine, among many others. A feature documentary about pigeon fanciers in a changing Brooklyn landscape will be released in 2007. "