(2004) dir. Ondi Timoner
DiG! is a documentary about the rise and fall of Anton Newcombe and The Brian Jonestown Massacre in contrast with the steady rise of their friend Courtney Taylor’s band, The Dandy Warhols. It’s a study in rock’n’roll of ego, purported genius, success and failure, and mental illness. Anyone with any connection to music can easily recognize the scene here, the indulgence and the foolishness. Whether or not Newcombe is truly a genius, I have to say that further research would be required, but it is clear that many of the people in the film believe in him. He just seemed like an asshole to me.