An engaging, well-travelled music journey
— Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter
From Left to Right Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson | Credit Elliott Landy

From Left to Right Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson | Credit Elliott Landy

once were brothers:
robbie robertson
And the band

Directed by Daniel Roher
2019 •
100 min


Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band
is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robbie Robertson’s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music, The Band. The film is a moving story of Robertson’s personal journey, overcoming adversity and finding camaraderie alongside the four other men who would become hi brothers in music and who together made their mark on music history. Once Were Brothers blends rare archival footage, photography iconic songs and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison Martin Scorsese, Peter Gabriel, Taj Mahal, Dominique Robertson, Ronnie Hawkins, and more. 

In a career spanning six decades, Robbie Robertson has continued to create as a songwriter, producer, performer, actor, author and film composer. A half-Mohawk, half-Jewish kid from Toronto, Robertson would travel from the dives of Yonge Street to the deep South as an ambitious 16-year-old on a musical mission. His raw talent would thrust him into the spotlight and put him at the centre of a cultural revolution, backing Bob Dylan on his notorious 1966 “electric” world tour and later, as a member of The Band, collaborating with Dylan on the ground-breaking Basement Tapes and inventing Americana with songs like “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” After 17 years, The Band called it quits with a lavish farewell concert on November 25th, 1976, at San Francisco’ Winterland Ballroom, immortalized in the seminal concert film, The Last Waltz, directed by Martin Scorsese – considered by many as the greatest rock and roll film of all time.  


UPCOMING SCREENINGS


Oct 6 - Nov 3

Sudbury Indie Cinema

Sudbury, ON


OCT 11 - 18

The Screening Room

Kingston, ON


Oct 11-Nov 5

Ted Rogers Hot Docs Cinemas

Toronto, ON


OCT 18 - 24

Apollo Cinema

Kitchener, ON


OCT 18 - 24

Fox Theatre

Toronto, ON


OCT 21

Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival

Hamilton, ON


OCT 25

Queen of the Square Cinema

Stratford, ON


OCT 25 - 31

The Westdale

Hamilton, ON


OCT 26

Forest City Film Festival

London, ON


oct 30 & 31

BOOKSHELF CINEMAS

GUELPH, ON


nov 3 - 5

The Playhouse

HAMILTON, ON


NOV 5 & 6

BYTOWNE CINEMA

OTTAWA, ON


Nov 6

DOC NYC

New York, NY


NOV 1 - 10

WINDSOR FILM FESTIVAL

WINDSOR, ON


NOV 11 & 12

METRO CINEMA

Edmonton, AB


PREVIOUS SCREENINGS

TIFF, Toronto, ON
Lunenburg Docfest, Lunenburg, NS
CINEFEST, SUDBURY, ON
CINEPLEX, TORONTO, VANCOUVER, MONTREAL
Calgary International Film Festival, Calgary, AB
TLTC, Toronto, ON
Waterloo, ON
Sudbury, ON


IMAGINE DOCUMENTARIES presents

In association with BELL MEDIA STUDIOS, DIAMOND DOCS, UNIVERSAL MUSIC CANADA, SHED CREATIVE and APTN
With the participation of ONTARIO CREATES, ROGERS DOCUMENTARY FUND, CANADA MEDIA FUND
A CRAVE Original Documentary
A WHITE PINE PICTURES Production


Once Were Brothers has the power to transport you but also to break your heart
— Steve Pond, The Wrap
An entertaining account of Toronto-born Robertson’s journey through monumental moments
— Kelly Boutsalis, NOW Magazine