For seven years, Ondi Timoner documented the drug abuse, touring, slow rise to fame, and eventual downward spiral of two promising rock bands: the Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Dandy Warhols. A cautionary tale for any musician hoping to brave the Machiavellian recording industry, Dig!
tells the story of BJM leader Anton Newcombe, a possibly schizophrenic train wreck of a rock star, and his industry rival, Dandy Warhol singer Courtney Taylor, who chooses to navigate the corporate seas with relative grace and élan. After two hours of grainy, hand-held footage, both bands have self-destructed. Newcombe, who sees himself as a prophetic Jesus figure, repels both his bandmates and his audience with temper tantrums. And the Warhols fall out of favor with their record label after low sales, despite becoming a household name among pop fans and indie rockers. The tragicomic Dig!
, which won the 2004 Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, is as honest and unflinchingly raw as the lives it portrays. Starts Fri., Dec. 10. Squirrel Hill