Mistaken For Strangers, the new documentary chronicling The National's 2010 tour, the biggest of their career at that point and a huge turning point for the band. Frontman Matt Berninger's brother Tom came aboard the tour as a roadie and brought his camera along. Tom ended making an entire film from the footage, which debuts at The Tribeca Film Festival April 17th.
“When my brother asked me along on tour as a roadie, I thought I might as well bring a camera to film the experience,” Tom explains in the film’s press release. “What started as a pretty modest tour documentary has, over the last two and a half years, grown into something much more personal, and hopefully more entertaining.”
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Description from The National's Youtube channel:
In 2010, The National embarked on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour's crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom - who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal - decided to bring his camera along. Tom's at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother's shadow brings out the younger sibling in him - he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. A cinematic juxtaposition that locks comedy and stoicism together on a tour bus, Mistaken for Strangers delivers an entertaining story of family, music and artistic aspiration.