Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New, Lauded Cowsills Documentary Coming to Cincinnati Film Festival on Oct. 1


Family Band: The Cowsills Story, a new documentary about the sunshine-pop-group family whose late-1960s hits inspired the Partridge Family but whose future proved troubled after the hits stopped, closed the recent Don't Knock the Rock Film Festival in Los Angeles with two sell-out shows and rave reviews. It also won an award at the recent Rhode Island Film Festival. We're lucky to have it here for its first Ohio and regional screening -- the Cowsill family lived in Canton and one of their biggest hits, "Indian Lake," has been adopted by the Ohio lake of the same name. Here's the information that Cincinnati Film Festival has posted about it. Tickets are $8 in advance, $10 at the door. If you want to arrange for advance tickets, send E-mail to and we'll be in touch. 

Family Band: The Cowsills Story (Dir. Louise Palanker/86 minutes/US)
October 1st, 1:30pm. CC Pompadour. Regional Premiere.
A ground-breaking documentary by radio veteran and film producer Louise Palanker, the film tells the true story behind the family band The Cowsills. One of the most musically gifted American families to hit the top of the pop charts, The Cowsills rose to fame, success and stardom in the late sixties. Signed by MGM, kid siblings Bill, Bob, Paul, Barry, John and Susan, plus mom Barbara, ruled airwaves and TV variety shows with timeless hits like "The Rain, the Park and Other Things," "Indian Lake" and "Hair."  Their music influenced a generation of musicians and artists and they inspired the hit TV series The Partridge Family. But only five years after their soaring debut, their star came crashing back down to earth. The band separated and the family scattered.


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