Gigantic: A Tale of Two Johns

Genre:  Documentary
Running Time:  102 min.
Release Date: August 29, 2003

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Cast: John Flansburgh, John Linnell, Gina Arnold, Michael Azerrad, Adam Bernstein, David Bither, Frank Black, Linwood Boomer

Synopsis

Everybody dies frustrated and sad and that is beautiful. Welcome to the surreal and poetic planet of They Might Be Giants, the Brooklyn-based musical duo of John Flansburgh and John Linnell, who have spent the past 20 years crafting their singular alt-pop style -- cerebral, dark and humorous.

Embracing the Do-It-Yourself ethos of true independent artists, They Might Be Giants followed a unconventional path to cult stardom -- from John and John's first meeting in a Lincoln, Massachusetts grade school through the East Village performance art scene of the early '80s to their 2002 Grammy Award -- aided by stunning, low-budget music videos, trailblazing use of the internet and a truly groundbreaking utilization of the telephone answering machine.

Shot over seven months in 2001 as the Giants prepped their first studio record in five years, Gigantic (A Tale of Two Johns) is a comprehensive chronicle of the band's 20-year history, told through performance, animation, videos and hilarious commentaries from friends and fans.

Director: A.J. Schnack
Studio: Cowboy Pictures
Producer(s): Shirley Moyers
Official Site: www.giganticfilm.com

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