40 YEARS IN THE MAKING: THE MAGIC MUSIC MOVIE
Napa Valley, Biografilm, Florida, Newport Beach, Boulder
The filmmaker sets out to find his favorite band from his college years.
Attending the University of Colorado at Boulder in the early 1970s, Aronson became a fan of a popular local band named Magic Music. Decades later, having relocated to California and found success as a television writer and producer – including, most recently TWO AND A HALF MEN and THE BIG BANG THEORY – he wondered whatever happened his favorite musicians. Though faced with multiple hurdles – Magic Music never recorded an album, they never had any real exposure outside of Colorado, there’s not much footage of their performances, and they broke up in 1975 with some bad blood between some bandmates – Aronson is determined to bring them back together for a reunion concert. Given the personal quest aspect of his film, it’s somewhat justified that the director appears on camera, but it remains a clunky, overly personal device that distracts from the more universal ideas of nostalgia and second chances that allow this project to transcend the fact that Magic Music won’t mean anything to the vast majority of viewers.