Family Band: The Cowsills Story

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.


Jeff Scheftel
Cowsill Documentary

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 !!



Title Shot


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


Cowsills Documentary Premieres in Beverly Hills

Family Band: The Cowsills Story Premieres August 10th, 2011
at The Rhode Island Film Festival

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Cowsills documentary film reveals a darker side

Review: Film probes grit beneath Cowsills’ squeaky-clean image

Flickers deluged with 4,500 films from around the world

Cowsills to perform after RI documentary screening

Cowsills Open Up About the Good and Bad in Life Story

Abuse, Fame, and Other Things - A Review of "Family Band: The Cowsills Story"

Santa Barbara Filmmakers 2012

Family Band: The Cowsills Story

It's Showtime for the Cowsills

The Dark But Redeeming Story of the Cowsills, the "Real-Life" Partridge Family

Gripping 'Cowsills Story' documentary coming to Showtime

Documentary looks at Cowsill family

Daddy Dearest: The Dark Backbeat of 'The Cowsills' Family Band


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
Cincinnati, Ohio
October 1, 2011
Anna's Vision Film Fest
Brattleboro, Vermont
October 1, 2011
Santa Barbara International Film Festival
Santa Barbara, California
February 3, 2012
Chicago Tribune
February 10, 2012
Family Band: The Cowsills Story
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

Emmy Nomination

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!!



Family Band Trailer

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