Judd Apatow showcases documentary chops with “May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers”

For many, Judd Apatow is purely thought of as a sort of comedy godfather. Between writing, directing, and producing, he’s responsible for some of the biggest comedies of the past decade. That’s both on television as well as in theaters. However, he offers more than that, as he’s occasionally supported smaller and more independent fare, helping to get it showcased. Today, he goes the documentary route for the first time with May It Last: A Portrait Of The Avett Brothers, something very different than you’d expect from Apatow. It’s a one night only special event that celebrates not just a band, but a quieter style of musical documentary filmmaking. In addition, it proves even further that Apatow is a supreme talent in this business. This documentary is a look at North Carolina based folk rock band The Avett Brothers. As they created their 2016 album True Sadness, Apatow and co-director Michael Bonfiglio followed around band members Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon as they went about the business of making music. From studio work to concerts to tours, the camera lingered and watched as the group created. It’s a quiet yet always compelling look at a musical group that’s free of drama, though innately able to capture your interest. Apatow and Bonfiglio direct and produce here, while Jonathan Furmanski handles the cinematography. It’s a niche work, but it’s one that’s highly effective at what it sets out to do. What makes this doc work is how it isn’t just interested in concert footage and isn’t just interested in behind the scenes moments with the band. It’s very much a fly on the wall type of film, with Apatow and Bonfiglio letting the camera observe The Avett Brothers in action. Sometimes they’re at home, sometimes they’re on the road, sometimes they’re on the stage, but always they’re being themselves. Ostensibly, they’re in the process of creating their most recent album, but that’s hardly the sole focus here. The movie allows us to just have a nice time experiencing their lives. It literally is a portrait of The Avett Brothers, making the title incredible apt. Here’s a bit about Apatow’s comedy history, to underscore just how unique this doc seems in his filmography: Apatow has a long history in the business, going back to early stand up days, along with work on less heralded films as he first broke into Hollywood. When Apatow [...]

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