SWANS

WHERE DOES A BODY END?

I’m still recovering seeing Michael Gira on stage years ago, I realized he is a true musician. His focus was on the music and it’s exertion- we were just lucky enough to witness it. I was hoping that the movie would showcase the methodology behind that energy and it did not disappoint. It was just as I thought it should be- melancholy, hopeful and brutally honest... just like the art itself. Countless times throughout the years, I have found unparalleled solace in his music. I have actually said, “I find the swans when I lose myself.” The film is something everyone should see. It spotlights an imperfect man wildly driving himself to be true to his vision of art; how fortunate some of us are to have found it.
— Lori Emm Kay

I will never forget the euphoria I experienced seeing Swans perform live. There was a moment of instinctual surrender, and I allowed my mind, body, and spirit to flow with the sound. I felt myself slowly peeling open, and a missing piece of myself was found that night. I did not know what to expect when I learned a Swans documentary was being made. I was skeptical that a film could accurately portray the feeling that Swans encompasses. I have to say, the movie was beautifully done and depicted the history, methodology, and influence of the band with a befitting flow. I appreciated that the film showcased human imperfection and the power of propulsive vision. It is brutally honest and absolutely captivating from beginning to end.
— Brittany Senger

Thanks Marco. I have no words to describe how great your film is. It's one of the strongest impressions over the past years for me.

Vladimir Kainov

Totally beautiful film. 

Those final scenes of the Warsaw shows, in context with the earlier footage, makes me realize again just how special that period of Swans was. And wild to see myself in the crowd several times. 

I have to be awake early, and yet I couldn't stop watching. You hit exactly the right note, and captured it for us, forever.

Thank you.

Andrew Bishop

 

The movie is absolutely beautiful to behold.  Its so informative, bringing the human element into the story, not just the musical.  You have done such a fantastic job, I know this movie will go down in history as one of the great documentaries of an important chapter in culture / art / music

Thank you for your hard work.  

THIS FEELS GOOD!

Bruce La Fountain 


I love the film. I have been a fan of SWANS for over 30 years, and it had information and stories in it, that even I didn’t know. I think it’s a great story for anyone and everyone, whether you are a SWANS fan or not. The story of Michael Gira and all the SWANS , the ideas, the band - so many amazing people- this driven, this talented, and creative, and so human… stories and individuals full of hopes and dreams, success and failure, triumph and tragedy. I think it is entertaining, and enthralling from open to close. I know that it should and WILL BE entertaining and interesting even to country and classical music fans, i.e. to those who have never even heard of SWANS. Marco has created a vision… physically incarnate - that has told a story that must be told and never allowed to be forgotten. I give it 4.9 stars out of 5. The only reason it doesn’t get a 5 is because I want more- it isn’t long enough. I don’t know if it ever could be enough for me.
— Joey Pan
First I would like to thank you for this beautiful movie ! I know the Swans since The Seer, and they changed a part of my mind. Thanks to you I was able to discover their history !Thank you very much!
— Thomas Piguet