After abandoning his long-held Christian beliefs and walking away from his critically-acclaimed band, Pedro the Lion, musician David Bazan retreated into a solitary life as a solo musician - modest house shows, weeks away from family, and lingering questions about his faith, music, and America. STRANGE NEGOTIATIONS, which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival, follows Bazan a decade into his journey as a reluctant prophet for a generation wrestling with America's own crisis of faith, highlighted by the 2016 presidential election.
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Shot beautifully with great atmosphere. David Bazan is so eloquent and the film shows that he has given his life to explore the ideas he "negotiates" with. The storyline of Bazan as a musician fit in perfectly as well. Strange Negotiations captures the turmoil within a man raised on principles he fell out of love with, all while surviving on his painfully public profession. Read More
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Strange Negotiations, also the title of an album by the artist profiled here, David Bazan, has a well shaped story arc that carries along the viewer who may not be as knowledgeable with the kind of music Bazan plays. A popular figure in Christian rock circles, Bazan has lost some of his crowd when he starts to question the faith he was brought up in, coincidentally around the same time that many US Christians are starting to support the very un Christian character of Donald Trump.The cleverly thought out directorial approach alternates between sweeping overhead views of the landscapes Bazan drives himself through, as he tries to reinvent his audience by playing in smaller house party setups, and tight closeups as we see the musician ruminating about his situation.The film should appeal to fans of indie rock, to those who have gone through a similar crisis of faith, and to those who want to share a glimpse of parts of the American terrain that, as the director has pointed out, are often ignored by the coastal elites. Read More