Just attended a private screening at Starz FilmCenter ofFair Fight
, a brand-new documentary focusing on the Fray that chronicles the making of the act's forthcoming album. The film was directed by Rod Blackhurst, a onetime merch guy who's been trailing the band for the better part of three years, essentially documenting their every breath. According to Kelly Magelky, another talented director who's been shooting the Fray himself for a number of years and who editedFight
, Blackhurst presented him with 154 hours of raw footage that he'd shot and assembled during his time on the road with the outfit. The movie offers a telling snapshot of the guys as they struggle with penning material that lives up to the distinctive songs from their multi-platinum debut.
Taking its name from a line in one of the act's newer songs, Fair Fight opens with a stylized time-lapse sequence of a quiet stretch of road with blankets of luminous clouds cascading overhead while frontman Isaac Slade plucks out the sparse, arpeggiated intro to "Happiness." As Slade muses in his husky baritone about the futility of chasing happiness, fittingly we find the members at the tail end of an exhaustive two-year run supporting How to Save a Life, the blockbuster release that essentially swallowed their lives.
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