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MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS: a year on tour with my brother’s band
presented by American Mary Productions & The National

SPECIAL ADVANCE SCREENING IN ATHENS
SATURDAY JANUARY 11
AT CINE

Reception catered by The National restaurant
Live music performance by EASTER ISLAND
Sponsored by Amanda Martin of Balance Pilates and Underground Dance Society

SHOWTIMES: 7:30p FOLLOWED BY RECEPTION & LIVE MUSIC

ADMISSION: $15
Advance tickets now available online here

In 2010, the rock band The National released their fifth album, High Violet. After 10 years as critical darlings, the band was finally enjoying wider recognition. As they were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career, lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to be a part of their tour crew. A budding filmmaker and horror movie enthusiast, Tom brought along his camera to film the experience. MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is a rockumentary that follows the story of two brothers at very different moments in their lives.

Shaped by a few missteps and realizations along the way, the film Tom finally produces is a hilarious and touching look at two very different brothers, and an odd but strangely moving portrait of a popular, nuanced band. Ultimately, MISTAKEN FOR STRANGERS is about family, creative conviction, and growing older. It is an intimate portrait of the love and frustration brothers feel for each other, even as adults.

“The funniest, most meta music movie since Spinal Tap” – Pitchfork


Directed by Tom Berninger
Produced by Matt Berninger, Carin Besser, Craig Charland
Executive Produced by Marshall Curry
Co-Producers: Dawn Barger, Brandon Reid and The National
Runtime: 75 mins