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When folk icon Irving Steinbloom passed away, he left behind a legacy of music and a family of performers he had shepherded to folk stardom. To celebrate a life spent submerged in folk, Irving's loving son Jonathan (BOB BALABAN) has decided to put together a memorial concert featuring some of Steinbloom's best-loved musicians.

There's Mitch & Mickey (EUGENE LEVY and CATHERINE O'HARA), who were the epitome of young love until their partnership was torn apart by heartbreak; classic troubadours The Folksmen (CHRISTOPHER GUEST, MICHAEL McKEAN and HARRY SHEARER), whose records were endlessly entertaining for anyone able to punch a hole in their center to play them; and The New Main Street Singers (featuring JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS, JANE LYNCH and PARKER POSEY), the most meticulously color-coordinated "neuftet" ever to hit an amusement park near you.

Now, for one night only in New York City's Town Hall, these three groups will reunite and gather together to celebrate the music that almost made them famous.

I happen to love everything Christopher Guest creates so I thought I should make a page all about it since I just got in from seeing "A Mighty Wind" for the third time in theatres.
It's not like any of his other three (Spinal Tap, Guffman or Best in Show) but I happen to find a lot of excellent moments both comedic and dramatic in this film and I really appreciate the risks that were taken in making this movie with all of the really tense and wonderfully acted moments. Most audiences just expect hilarity and no real depth but A Mighty Wind has it all in my opinion. You just have to be in the mood to get it all, I guess.
Below are some lyrics from the folk musicians in A Mighty Wind.

A Kiss At The End Of The Rainbow
Mitch And Mickey
Oh when the veil of dreams has lifted
And the fairy tales have all been told
There's a kiss at the end of the rainbow
More precious than a pot of gold
MITCH: In tales of ancient glory
Every knight and maiden fair
Will be joined when the quest is over
And a kiss is the oath that they swear
BOTH: And when the veil of dreams has lifted
And the fairy tales have all been told
There's a kiss at the end of the rainbow
More precious than a pot of gold
MICKEY: Oh my sweet, my dear, my darling
You're so far away from me
Though an ocean of tears divides us
Let the bridge of our love span the sea
MITCH: Your kiss
BOTH: There's a kiss at the end of the rainbow
      More precious than a pot of gold...

A Mighty Wind Homepage (Sounds, Clips, Lyrics)

This past weekend was the live Mighty Wind tour at Town Hall and I was one of the lucky people to know someone on the inside track. I got autographs and went backstage and had the good fortune to hang out with Jennifer Coolidge, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean and several of the New Main Street Singers. It was a real high for me and I am sure I am going to adore the DVD when it comes out next week.
I was mere feet away from all of the enormous talent that went into this film and all of the other Christopher Guest masterpeices. Eugene Levy, Harry Shearer, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban and Guest himself all passed by but I was a little too starstruck to talk to them. :)
Its a night I will always remember.

Waiting For Guffman


Blaine, Missouri, may be small, but Corky St. Clair always dreams big. Determined to get back to the lights of Broadway, he's created "Red, White And Blaine", a musical celebration of the burg's 150th anniversary. An odd assortment of colorful locals pin their hopes on being discovered on Corky's unintentionally hilarious theater production - - - and on reports that big-time talent scout Mort Guffman will be in the audience.


In the summer of 2002, while on vacation at Pine Lake Manor in upstate New York, my supportive siblings and I decided to make a little movie. My sister Alison, our friend Krista Beth and my brother Brian had a terrific time filming "Bingo Balls"- a depiction of Catskill Vacation resorts from the zany performers who grace the makeshift stages at the baseball stadium/arena and the Bingo-obsessed visitors who come for one reason only.



In the summer of 2003, The Schwab siblings 3 worked on another film about the intersecting lives of three people on their way to a resort in the Catskills. A photographer/visionary, a psychologically distraught basketcase and a boy who won a trip. Bernie, Griff and Wanda make up quite a unique "Triad" held together by one unseen force.


In 2004, the original cast of Bingo Balls took on the challenge of reality television as Rebecca Lockhart-Sanderson sent two sets of siblings in search of one prized possession lost on the countless acres of land known as Her Estate. Two brothers- one fraught with allergies of every kind and one huge Rene Auberjonois fan compete against two clueless Wisconsin sisters as they search for one "Lost Marble".


"Star Struck" is the story of a small town boy turned celebrity returning to his old hometown and the citizens eagerly awaiting his arrival. From the fan club president to the town's only 16 year old farmer, Billy Glenborne faces many inhabitants of Greenville but none as stressful as his crude uncle who makes him choose between fame or family.


THE DECATHALON marks the 5th PLM Schwabrock movie. This film goes back to the roots of our family vacations and compiles antique footage from the 1980's to tell the story of 3 contestants at the annual Pine Lake Manor Decathalon. Zeke Dawson, Hoyt Canoli and Anna Platano compete for the recognition of Decathlete Of The Year! Each sibling also portays a judge for the event. Hilarity ensues. As well as a musical number.


MUSE was the sixth Schwabrock feature, filmed in the summer of 2007. 3 siblings in the mountain air determined to complete deadlines for their respective occupations are struck with writers/artists/filmmaker's block and cannot find inspiration for their projects. The Tiki family- as well as assorted visitors to the mountain resort try to explain what INSPIRATION means as the clock ticks on everyone's future.
This film was made at the same time as '60'- a spoof of the 24 TV series and "Donde Esta Mi Hermano", a silent film dedicated to Brian Schwab's entrance into college.


The 2008 Schwabrock feature entitled "Reunion" traces the story of 3 cousins, Danny, Edna and Gregor, as they get together for a family function that is not meant to be. The rekindling of family unity and the distinct personality disorders they each possess make for an amusing, dysfunctional romp into our own family albums. Interspersed with distant relatives and wacky inventions, this film is chock full of humor, nonsequitur logic and hearty laughter.


2009 was the year of Schwabrock romance! The 8th film LIKE LOVE touched upon the beginnings of new relationships as well as the dysfunction and collapse of others. During the filming, real life couples were interviewed and worked into the plot to provide insight and advice. The story centers around the lawyer, Oliver Pinion who was just kicked out of his apartment as his relationship abruptly ended. His best friend, Stew is in a rocky marriage as well. Stew's zany sister Bessa and her boyfriend also come along for the hilarity and poignant observations on love that are sweetly depicted throughout the movie.

The a capella singing group "The Wacky Hats" is not only on the top charts for their brilliant album Brimjob, they are also on thin ice as they begin to receive death threats if they continue to perform in public! This comedy/mystery was a new type of genre attempted by Schwabrock in the summer of 2010 with their film So Noted. Starring Kevin, Alison and Brian as the aforementioned "Wacky Hats", this film reaches all time strangeness with erotic books for children, Starbikes Delivery Service and a coconut bra.

The Schwabrock troupe concluded ten years of film-making with their feature, Losing It which appropriately focused on different kinds of loss. Jobs, houses, people and minds are lost in this quirky comedy. Capping off 10 years, saying goodbye to a milestone and transitioning into a new era of storytelling, the siblings and supportive secondary cast end the decade with a bang.  

The 11th year of Schwabrock marked the first appearance of Craig Schwab as a main character- the elusive and wise teacher that influenced the lives of the roles played by the Schwab children. Writer Brandy Hill is trying to write something original while his best friend wishes to return to his high school glory as a high jumper and the friend's sister, a frustrated psychologist, longs to pursue her dream as a traveling storyteller. Mental Block is a departure from the first 10 Schwabrock films yet stays true to the zany roots.

Year 12 of Schwabrock Pictures lampoons YouTube celebrity as Chad succumbs to his online persona of Chauncey Splendids before the eyes of his father and best friend. Will YouTube dominate forever the mindset of another innocent American? Watch YouTopia and find out what happens!

The 13th year for Schwabrock was a doozy! Due to the impending wedding of our founding member, Brian, the film troupe formulated a plan to bamboozle him into believing he was making an improvised film about a Prison Break but the subject matter was indeed his own nuptials (similar themes between jail and marriage). "No Escape" features a Get Smart themed agency known as B.R.A.V.E attempting to keep their top agents away from the horrors of wedded bliss while the evil B.O.L.D organization recruits new husbands by breaking the spirits of bachelors worldwide. The result was not only an hysterical jaunt, it was also a wonderful surprise for Brian at his bachelor party where the film was premiered at the Kew Gardens cinema in Queens, New York to rave reviews.