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Pursuit of Happyness, The

A Film by Patrick McGuinn

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If you haven’t yet heard of The Aluminum Group – the critically adored Chicago pop band fronted by gay brothers John and Frank Navin – make sure to see this musical celebration of their past and present.

Sponsored by Italian fashion house Prada and backed onstage by iPods, the Navins are hardly your conventional indie pop group. Their music, a gorgeously melodic mix of classic AM radio and chic art aesthetic, has attracted a growing international audience. Director Patrick McGuinn accompanied The Aluminum Group on their 2003 Italian music tour. Through his lens we join them for gigs and cross-continental adventures, we glance back at the Navins’ beginnings with help from pricelessly kitschy archival performances, and learn more about them on a personal level through testimony from friends like Cynthia Plaster Caster. McGuinn also brings The Aluminum Group’s last album, MOREHAPPYNESS, to life through dreamy new music videos. A superb introduction to the greatest-band-you-haven’t-yet-heard, and an absolute must-see for existing fans (Lawrence Ferber, Philadelphia LGBT Festival)

What the Critics are Saying

"The Aluminum Group is the new Style Council!" - Paper Magazine

"The Chicago duo of gay brothers Frank and John Navin have won an international following with their blend of brainy, technologically influenced easy-listening pop."
- Philadelphia Weekly

"Deeply closeted fans of Burt Bacharach and The Carpenters, take heart: This unambiguously gay duo makes loungy synth-pop as cool and frothy as a Tom Collins."
- Details Magazine


Features and Specifications

Bonus materials:
  • Never-before-seen music videos
  • Rare performance and in-studio footage
  • Original theatrical trailer

Format: DVD
Release Year : 2005
Running Time: 61 minutes
Color: Color/B&W
Language: English

This film is not connected to the 2006 motion picture, The Pursuit of Happyness, starring Will Smith.

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