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Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history, encapsulated in their final performance filmed by none other than Martin Scorsese in The Last Waltz.

About the Director/Writer:

Through his company, Loud Roar Productions, Daniel Roher strives to create socially significant content that entertains audi- ences around the world. Ghosts of Our Forest, chronicles the struggle of a displaced indigenous tribe in Uganda, premiered at the 2017 Hot Docs Film Festival. The film followed the acclaimed premiere of his previous documentaries including Survivors Rowe, (Hot Docs 2015), which was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, screened on Parliament Hill in Ottawa and had its broadcast debut on TVO. Daniel has a keen eye for story, complex visuals, and the unique potential animation poses in com- plementing and supporting challenging documentary memoir and stories.

Cast & Crew:

Director: Daniel Roher

Featuring: Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan ,Martin Scorsese, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Taj Mahal, Ronnie Hawkins, Van Morrison, Dominique Robertson 

Producer: Stephen Paniccia, Andrew Munger, Sam Sutherland, Lana Belle Mauro

Executive Producer: Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Randy Lennox, Peter Raymont, Dave Harris, Jared Levine, Jeffrey Remedios, Justin Wilkes, Sara Bernstein, Michael Rosenberg, Michael Levine, Steve Ord 

Cinematographer: Kiarash Sadigh

Editor: Eamonn O’connor, Daniel Roher

Film info:

Section: Documentary Competition

Premiere: Arizona Premiere 

Year: 2019

Length: 100 minutes

Language: English

Country: Canada

Worldwide Distributor: Magnolia Pictures

Connect: Twitter

Previous Festivals:

 Toronto International Film Festival – Opening Night Film, DOC NYC - Opening Night Film


“It's no surprise to anyone who's met him or even listened thoughtfully to some of the greatest rock songs ever written that Robertson would be such an articulate and ingratiating tour guide through all this glorious and eventually tortured history.” 

                       – Chris Willman, Variety 

“With Robertson's deep timber and vivid recollections... it's an entertaining account of Robertson's journey through monumental music moments.”                        

                        - Kelly Boutsalis, NOW Toronto 

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