A wide swath of iconic artists pay tribute to a legendary rock and roll act in the exclusive trailer for Magnolia Pictures’ “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band,” premiering in February.
Directed by Daniel Roher (“Finding Fukue”), the rock documentary offers an intimate look at the Band’s rise in the early 1960s via legendary songwriter and lead guitarist Robbie Robertson, whose bestselling memoir “Testimony” inspired the film.
The film blends rare archival footage of performances and studio sessions with interviews with many of Robertson’s most well-known friends, admirers, and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, David Geffen, Ronnie Hawkins, and director Martin Scorsese, whose 1978 film “The Last Waltz” famously chronicled the Band’s farewell performance.
“Once Were Brothers” also features plenty of conversations with Robertson himself. “We moved up to Woodstock into this ugly pink house—a sanctuary where we can go and write,” he says in the exclusive trailer (above) over footage of the Band recording “Up on Cripple Creek,” one of its biggest hits.
“This didn’t sound like anything else,” Scorsese adds.
“Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band” opens Feb. 21 in theaters.