ALL THE LABOR, New Feature Documentary In-Production About The Gourds
ALL THE LABOR is the definitive documentary about Austin, Texas roots/Americana legends, The Gourds. The film will introduce viewers to the energy and excitement of the band’s live performances while painting an intimate portrait of these talented songwriters and musicians at the top of their game. Production began in August 2011 with an expected completion date of January 2013. ALL THE LABOR is a production of Big Sky Pictures, LLC, in association with High Plains Films.
“Drop What I’m Doin'” recorded live at KUT for the film.
Check out the kickstarter page below to watch the trailer and other exclusive live performance videos from the movie.
Official Film Page – http://www.highplainsfilms.org/hpf/films/all_the_labor
Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/thegourdsmovie
Kickstoarter.com – http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/225802176/all-the-labor
Review of the final shoot for the film and movie trailer from the Missoula Independent –
“Lights, Camera, Gourds”
Missoula Independent, April 19, 2012
The Gourds don’t limit themselves to the classic subjects of roots rock; they’ve written about everything from preachers to Sufis to the National Football League. The Austin, Texas bands most recent album, 2011’s Old Mad Joy, features a highly catchy tune called Peppermint City, that begins with ‘You wonder out loud how it came to this/threadbare and broke at the Hotel Abyss/My heart is black but in my sack I got a taco and half a pack of vitriol and self-abuse.’ This one employs the classic Gourds Southern Rock groove. Those lyrics show frontman Kevin Russel’s imagination at work.
The Gourds have developed a solid following in Missoula ever since uber-fan JR Roof brought them here in 2001. You might have seen that first show at the Blue Heron, or any at the Other Side or the Wilma or The Top Hat or downtown at the River City Roots Festival. Another longtime fan of the band is filmmaker Doug Hawes-Davis of High Plains Films who’s renowned for the documentary FACING THE STORM: STORY OF THE AMERICAN BISON, among other films. He attended the first Missoula Gourds show and every one thereafter, and when he heard a rough mix of Old Mad Joy, he got to talking with the band about a documentary. Hawes-Davis started filming ALL THE LABOR in August 2011. He and a large crew toured with the band to make the film, collecting commentary by band members, concert footage, archival images and completely candid and entertaining behind-the-scenes footage that captures the quintet wonderfully.
Check out the film’s kickstarter campaign. It includes an awesome teaser. One of the songs that has plagued The Gourds for so long – because its a cover and has been so over-requested, is Snoop Doggs Gin and Juice. That issue is comically addressed in the teaser when Russell and Big Rich, the club owner at Courvilles in Beaumont, Texas says, ‘First person says Gin and Juice I’m gonna knock ‘em out,’ and Russell laughs a big belly laugh saying, ‘Oh man!’ and gives him a high-five. The sense of humor and musical talent is palpable here.