Hilo Palace Theatre Offers Music Documentary on The Band Via Home Streaming


Although the Hilo Palace Theatre is currently closed due to COVID-19 guidelines, they have been partnering with film distributors to offer movies for home streaming. Currently, the Palace is offering the music documentary Once Were Brothers for a limited time.

The film Once Were Brothers is available for home streaming at $12, and 50% of each rental fee directly benefits the Hilo Palace Theater. Details can be found here: http://hilopalace.com/hpt_event_categories/movies/

“The story of The Band was unique and so beautiful, and it went up in flames,” says guitarist and songwriter Robbie Robertson in the documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band. The film, which had its premiere at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, was given a nationwide US theatrical release on 28 February 2020.

Robertson says he believes the documentary, which is directed by Daniel Roher and has Martin Scorsese as executive producer, achieves what it set out to do: tell the fascinating story of The Band in an honest way.

“I am not only pleased with the documentary, I am really, really satisfied, because of how much emotion is in it,” says Robertson. “You watch documentaries on music people, and I don’t like most of them. They are all the same to me. The fact that this was so moving, and that it really takes you inside the brotherhood that was in this group, is important. That part of my autobiography, Testimony, really came to life in the documentary. It was a fascinating process to see. It is so easy to get it wrong. The people we had doing the documentary and what everybody brought to the table is quite extraordinary. I am so happy with just how soulful it turned out to be.”

The Band – Garth Hudson (keyboards, piano, horn), Levon Helm (drums, vocals, mandolin), Richard Manuel (keyboards, vocals, drums), Rick Danko (bass, vocals, fiddle) and Robertson (guitar, piano, vocals) – were unlike any group that came before or after. Their debut album, Music From Big Pink, and self-titled second album cemented their status as one of the most exciting and revolutionary bands to emerge from the 60s – and songs such as ‘The Weight’, ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’, ‘Up On Cripple Creek’ and ‘Rag Mama Rag’ have become modern classics.

The star-studded feature documentary, which was co-produced by Ron Howard, features interviews with top musicians, who explain what The Band meant to them. “There is no band that emphasizes coming together and being better than the sum of its parts, even with its name, than The Band,” says Bruce Springsteen.


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