Producer: Louise Palanker
Cinematographer: Ian Boyles
Editor: Bill Filipiak
Codirectors: Ian Broyle and Louise Palanker
Family Band: The Cowsills Story is a documentry that began when Louise Palanker went to see Bob Cowsill play at Pickwick's Pub on the night of John and Vicki's wedding. The whole family showed up and Louise just knew there was a story there to tell. Filming began in earnest September 2004 at "A Family Thing 2," the benefit for Billy's medical expenses that was held at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
Since that time the Cowsills - individually and as a group - have been interviewed and filmed. Family Band: The Cowsills Story is the result.
The film is described as "With hits including "The Rain the Park and Other Things," "Hair," and "Indian Lake," the Cowsill's soaring harmonies reached the top of the charts in the late 1960s. Comprised of a family of musically gifted children and their talented mom, the group was an entertainment phenomenon, appearing on the top variety series of the day including The Ed Sullivan Show and The Dean Martin Show and influencing a generation of musicians and artists; they were even the real-life inspiration for the hit series The Partridge Family. ... Family Band: The Cowsills Story chronicling the Cowsills' often tumultuous rise to fame and their enduring four-decade musical journey. "
The first producer hired on was Jeff Scheftel, but he appeared to be taking the film into undesirable grounds, so he was replaced.
Family Band: The Cowsills Story had it's debut on July 21, 2011 at The Paley Center For Media in Beverly Hills, California, to great reviews. Check out the film's website for updates. Family Band: The Cowsills Story. Check out great video blogs there !!
Gary Bryan K-EARTH
Promo for Paley Center premier
(l to r) Bill Filipiak, Ian Broyle, Richard Cowsill, Susan Cowsill, Paul Cowsill, Louise Palanker, Bob Cowsill, Fritz Coleman
Performance after screening
Louise and Paul
|The Paley Center For Media |
Beverly Hills, California
|July 21, 2011 ||Fritz Coleman MC this event|
|The Rhode Island Film Festival|
Providence, Rhode Island
|August 10, 2011|| |
|Don't Knock The Rock|
Los Angeles, California
|August 2011|| |
|Silent Theater |
Los Angeles, California
|August 25, 2011|| |
|Cincinnati Film Festival|
|October 1, 2011|| |
|Anna's Vision Film Fest |
|October 1, 2011 || |
|Santa Barbara International Film Festival |
Santa Barbara, California
|February 3, 2012 || |
|Chicago Tribune||February 10, 2012||Family Band: The Cowsills Story |
|Noozhawk||February 12, 2012||Jeff Moehlis: A Music Fan Goes to the Santa Barbara International Film Festival|
|Fall Into The Rhythm - Gloucester, Massachusetts||September 13, 2012|| |
|Showtime Cable Station||Aired many times starting|
March 6, 2013
Airings continued in April, May, June and July. Last current known airing will be July 26.
|Jameson Dublin (Ireland) International Film Festival||February 16, 2014|| |
Family Band: The Cowsills Storywas on the first round ballot for an Emmy in the catagory
Documentary: Non-Fiction Peer Group
Henry Winkler (The Fonz) even tweeted out a postive post for this nomination!!