Instrument: Ten Years with the Band Fugazi

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Overview

Jem Cohen's acclaimed documentary on the first ten years of Fugazi -- perhaps America's best and most influential underground rock band -- has been released on DVD by the group's Dischord label in an edition with exclusive bonus material. The film has been transferred to disc in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The disc does not feature closed captioning or subtitles. In addition to the feature, the DVD Fugazi: Instrument includes two short films directed ...
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Overview

Jem Cohen's acclaimed documentary on the first ten years of Fugazi -- perhaps America's best and most influential underground rock band -- has been released on DVD by the group's Dischord label in an edition with exclusive bonus material. The film has been transferred to disc in its original 1.33:1 aspect ratio, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Stereo. The disc does not feature closed captioning or subtitles. In addition to the feature, the DVD Fugazi: Instrument includes two short films directed by Cohen, Little Flag and Glue Man (both of which include music by Fugazi), as well as three additional live performances from the band that were not included in the film -- "Long Division," "Turnover," and "Waiting Room."
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Special Features

Two short films by Jem Cohen with Fugazi soundtracks; "Little Flags" [2000]; "Glue Man" [1989]; Three liver performances by Fugazi; "Waiting Room" [1988]; "Turnover" [1991]; "Long Division" [1995]; Indexed menu
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
Not your average concert video, this nearly two-hour collection of Fugazi footage, compiled over ten years of the Washington, D.C., punk band's career, is a hypnotic and imaginatively shot film. Fugazi's earliest shows are particularly frenzied: a girl in a dress writhing around on-stage, a guy in his boxer shorts hopping around like a nut case, singer Guy Picciotto climbing through a basketball hoop, scenes that are more like a voodoo ritual than your normal band/audience relationship. Live, these four guys form such a tightly wound unit that they can take off in any direction they want like a jazz band with any member choosing from 80 or so songs. Also, there's footage of Fugazi taking abuse from their audiences brought on in part by singer Ian MacKaye's noble but humorless attempts at calming down a few jerks that show up at their concerts. At one point, MacKaye pulls a drunk idiot from the crowd and asks him to apologize for spitting on him, but it's just an embarrassing scene for the both of them and MacKaye is forced to remove the guy from the show via a headlock. Filmmaker Jem Cohen includes shots of a guy running down the street, Fugazi shopping at the market, and all sorts of surreal images, shot mostly on Super 8, which gives the film more the quality of an experimental student film than a documentary. Some of the best footage is of people standing outside of Fugazi shows, uncomfortable as the camera lingers on them. Instrument also demonstrates how Fugazi's main political statement is how the band conducts its everyday life and business according to its members' own beliefs, not anybody else's.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/13/2001
  • UPC: 718751798052
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Source: Dischord
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 27,081

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fugazi Interviewee
Technical Credits
Jem Cohen Director, Cinematographer, Editor, Producer, Sound/Sound Designer
David Frankel Editor
Andy Kris Sound/Sound Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Little Flags Film [6:04]
2. Glue Man Film [5:04]
3. Waiting Room Live [3:13]
4. Turnover Live [4:15]
5. Long Division Live [2:47]
0. Start Menu
1. Title [:26]
2. Gold Footage [3:06]
3. Shut the Door [7:40]
4. Personal Profiles Interview 1 [:40]
5. Basement Practice 1 [1:05]
6. Furniture [2:13]
7. Glueman Philadelphia [:56]
8. Wilson Center Concert [2:31]
9. Basement Practice 2 [1:10]
10. Anti-Apartheid Concert [3:29]
11. Personal Profiles Interview 2 [:58]
12. Gulf War Protest Concert [:42]
13. Canadian TV Interview [1:23]
14. Brendan #1 [1:04]
15. Marquee NYC Concert [1:46]
16. Rend it Portraits [2:24]
17. Demo Recording 1 [3:46]
18. Great Cop [1:16]
19. Lorton Prison Concert [:54]
20. Personal Profiles Interview 3 [:37]
21. Tour 1996 Louisiana [3:03]
22. Ice Cream Eating Motherfuckers [1:05]
23. Little Debbie [1:37]
24. Slow Dance [4:10]
25. Tour 1996 Mississippi [3:28]
26. Red Medicine Studio 1 [3:48]
27. Tour 1996 Texas [1:28]
28. Sweet and Low [2:42]
29. Red Medicine Studio 2 [4:09]
30. Repeater Segment [3:29]
31. Australian TV Interview [:36]
32. Break Portraits [2:13]
33. Demo Recording 2 [1:36]
34. Tour 1996 Various [:50]
35. Philly 1993/Joe's Dream [1:02]
36. Band Dream [2:10]
37. Song #1 [2:03]
38. Tour 1996 Motels [3:24]
39. Knoxville Show [5:10]
40. Gas Station [:34]
41. Overseas [2:30]
42. Washington Monument Show [3:17]
43. Forensic Scene [1:54]
44. Audience Interviews [5:58]
45. Glueman NYC [7:20]
46. Fort Reno Portraits [1:34]
47. 10th Anniversary [2:34]
48. End Credits [4:35]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Start Film
   Start Extras
      Play 1-5
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