Release Date: December 15th, 2006 (Cinema Village) by Creative Arson Productions.
Directed by J.L. Aronson.
BASIC PREMISE: A documentary about the Danielson Famile, an independent rock band formed by Daniel Smith in 1995.
ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Danielson: A Family Movie is a very engaging and lively introduction to the Danielson Famile, a very quirky rock band made up of siblings. Their songs have lyrics with Christian themes, but what makes them stand out is that they perform them with strange costumes, such as nurse uniforms and a tree, and even more bizarre melodies. During an interesting interview on the radio with Daniel Smith, Smith explains over and over the origins of the name “Danielson” just so that the host could fully understand it. Likewise, the Christian music world doesn’t quite understand them as well, so they don’t reach a huge cult status. Fortunately, thanks to director J.L. Aronson, this documentary gives a behind-the-scene glimpse of what it’s like to be a member of Danielson and wisely includes footage showing them with their wives and kids—yes, they do have “normal” lives. Not everyone might enjoy listening to their music in concert footage, but it’s still very fascinating and compelling to observe their evolution into fame and the different obstacles that they encountered along the way both as a family and as a band.
SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.
INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: None.
NUMBER OF TIMES I CHECKED MY WATCH: 0
IN A NUTSHELL: Lively, compelling and fascinating.
RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1St Run)
The "D" Menu