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directed by Craig Harmer, Joe Zook
starring Finkel (= Jane Spencer, Brian Spencer), Pam Finkel, Lee Finkel, Donny Sorenson, Maggie Chambers, Robert Chambers, Darcy Brodeur Bunker, Shelbie Mosley, Ron Mindykowski, Kelly Coates, Adrienne Rilenge, Philip Rice, Craig Wilson, Trish Martin, Hugh Ravitz, Mary Patay, Ken Smith
music by Finkel (= Jane Spencer, Brian Spencer), animation by Robbie Shilstone, Erin Soorenko

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review by
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Married couple Jane and Brian Spencer are the electro-pop duo Finkel - which incidently is also Jane's maiden name -, and to find inspiration for their new album, they've decided to spend the winter in the town Jane calls her childhood home ... which is not just any town but Mackinac, a small town on an island in the middle of Lake Huron, Michigan, a place where cars are banned and pretty much the only way to get around is per snow mobile - and snow's a good cue, because there's lots of it in Mackinac, as the town's experiencing a harsh winter, with the lake frozen solid enough one can reach the mainland by snow mobile. But the winter's more than just low temperatures, it also gives the whole island its own, distinct beauty, something that in this documentary one sees seep into the music of Finkel ...

 

A very nice insight into the creative process of the film's protagonists that really hits home because it (seemingly) doesn't try too hard to be about just that. So instead of talking heads and lots of studio/rehearsal sessions, the audience is treated to Jane and Brian just being themselves in various situations, as they're trying to come to grips with island life, with their music making and recording sounds in nature just being part of their routine. And the whole thing comes across as incredibly light-footed and entertaining, so even if you've never heard of Finkel before (and I freely admit I haven't), you're pretty much bound to enjoy this movie.

 

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