Release date:April 13, 2012
Studio:International Film Circuit
Starring:Chris Thile, Gabe Witcher, Chris Eldridge, Noam Pikelny, Greg Garrison, Paul Kowert, John Paul Jones, Yo-Yo Ma, Sara Watkins
26 year-old Chris Thile is at a crossroads. His marriage has ended, and his platinum-selling band, Nickel Creek, has gone on “indefinite hiatus.” But Thile, a perfectionist prodigy who has defied expectations since he picked up the mandolin at age five, has a plan. Step 1: Write a 45-minute, four-movement elegy to your failed marriage to be played by a traditional bluegrass quintet. Step 2: Recruit the only musicians around talented enough to play it and crazy enough to sign on. Step 3: Make a record, launch an international tour and brace yourself. Filmed with uncommon access, How to Grow a Band explores the birth and evolution of The Punch Brothers: the tensions between individual talents and group identity, between art and commerce, and between innocence and wisdom.