When Trey Anastasio agreed to let a film crew observe him around, there have been no restrictions. His New York rental, his tour bus, his intimate moments collectively together with his dying biggest good pal — all of it was trustworthy recreation.
“He never said, ‘Turn off the cameras,’” acknowledged Steven Cantor, who directed “Between Me and My Mind.”
Following its premiere on the Beacon Theater all through the Tribeca Film Festival in April, film theaters nationwide will current the documentary on Wednesday, July 17. The film focuses on the guitarist and vocalist’s creative course as he drives the favored band Phish and his solo career.
Producer Jamie Schutz — a tried and true Phishhead — confused in a pitch meeting with band supervisor Patrick Jordan, “I wanted to create a film that Phish fans would get behind and make sure that it gave them an insight into this band, and it had to feel authentic.”
The subsequent day, Jordan let the filmmaker know that Anastasio, who was about to begin out work on his most personal work however, the solo album “Ghosts of the Forest,” was in. What outcomes is an intimate portrait of Anastasio recording the solo file with Phish drummer Jon Fishman and Anastasio’s bassist Tony Markellis — The Post is premiering a distinctive clip from these intervals — a storyline that runs concurrently with Phish prepping for a big run of 13, no-songs-repeated reveals at Madison Square Garden (The Baker’s Dozen) in 2017 and the three-set New Year’s current, moreover at MSG.
Fans get an unprecedented look into Anastasio’s relationships collectively together with his Phish bandmates and his family. In one-on-one sit-downs with each mom or father, his partner and two daughters he reexamines his roles as a son, husband, and father. We’re dealt with to some sweet moments, like when his mother, sitting with the musician on a park bench dedicated to his sister, Kristy, who died of most cancers, recollects the rambunctious future rock star drumming on her automotive headrest. Anastasio moreover asks his partner if she considered leaving him when he struggled with arduous drugs.
“He has a very close relationship with his family members,” Cantor says. “I think he’s lived his life in the present, and maybe the past was cheated a little. I think being in his reflective state of mind with Chris made him want to take stock of things and maybe look at the impact on his family.”
Chris “C-Cot” Cottrell, Anastasio’s good pal since their teen years in New Jersey, died from adrenal most cancers in January of 2018.
The documentarians acknowledged that if their matter wasn’t so open, they wouldn’t have bothered making the film.
“There’s that old adage, which is ‘never meet your heroes because you’ll be disappointed,’” Schutz says. “It’s happened to me in the past. It was completely the opposite in this case because Trey is one of the warmest, most genuine, incredible guys I’ve ever met. You feel that when you’re in his presence. And Steven and I were in his presence quite a bit over the course of two or three years.”
Cantor jokes: “That’s why he took 340 selfies with Trey.”