The new Hanson Brothers film, The Earth Will Swallow You, will have its world premiere on April 12, 2002 at the Roxy Theatre in Atlanta, and its first run in Memphis at Studio on the Square, from April 12-18. The movie features Widespread Panic live in concert, footage of the band off the stage, and various musical collaborations with artists who have influenced them over their 17-year career.


The movie premiere will be followed by a performance of longtime Panic collaborators the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, who also appear in the movie. A limited number of tickets will be available to the public. A list of updated screenings ticket information and bonus footage from the movie can be found at the movie’s web site.


Memphis will mark the movie’s first extended North American run. The April 12 showing of The Earth Will Swallow You will be highlighted by a special pre-party at the Blue Monkey from 5-7pm, with drink specials for each patron who shows a ticket stub from the opening night screenings. Music will be supplied by Memphis’ own DJ Colin Butler, who is also featured in the film. Also, be sure to tune into local favorite 107.5 The Pig throughout the week for their "Widespread Trivia" contest and a chance to win tickets to the movie.


With eight albums under their belt, Widespread Panic is no stranger to the music business. The band’s strong songwriting skills and improvisational performance style win new fans at every performance, while still satisfying veterans of hundreds of shows. The band has sold more than 2 million albums without the benefit of major radio play. But for fans, it’s what happens onstage that keeps them coming back. Those legendary concerts have landed Widespread Panic a spot on Billboard’s top 25 concert draws and inspired The Earth Will Swallow You.

The filmmaking team of brothers Christopher and Geoffrey Hanson, who produced and directed the 1998 acclaimed indie-film Scrapple, went on tour with Widespread Panic during the summer of 2000 and compiled close to 500 hours of footage of the band.

From the majestic natural beauty of Red Rocks Amphitheatre to the American heartland to the very core of the Big Apple – Central Park – the movie follows Widespread Panic on and off the stage.

Special performances with Jorma Kaukonen of Hot Tuna and the Jefferson Airplane and 2001 Grammy Award winner Taj Mahal highlight the film. In addition, the band performs with acclaimed songwriter and longtime collaborator Vic Chesnutt as well as gritty rocker Jerry Joseph. Fellow Georgians Danny Hutchins and Eric Carter, of Bloodkin, are also featured in the 100 minute long film.

Producer Geoff Hanson sees The Earth Will Swallow You in a historical context. He said, "D.A. Pennebacker recently said that when he made the seminal film Don't Look Back in 1965, he knew that Dylan was going to be significant historically and that he was capturing something that was destined to become larger over time. We feel the same way about Widespread Panic. They may fly under the radar in some quarters, but they are leaving a significant and important musical legacy that will only continue to grow.

"One of the most satisfying parts of making this movie is the opportunity to expose music fans to talents of Widespread Panic’s 'roots' influences, people like Jerry Joseph and Danny Hutchins. Their work cuts past that star machine, and we feel it will stand the test of time. We're proud to shine some light on this community of musicians."

The Earth Will Swallow You is slated for a nationwide theatrical run in select cities, to be followed by a video/DVD release in time for the holiday season. A list of updated screenings ticket information and bonus footage from the movie can be found at the movie’s web site.

[Published on: 3/21/02]

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