“Scarred but Smarter” is one fan’s look at his favorite indie band. The film was shot over three years, as famous fans and the band are interviewed about their rise to near fame. While the film won’t have a massive amount of fans, it’s important to see how a band can live for years without playing stadiums. Mixing old interviews and new footage gives a sense of fan history that you don’t see much in straight-laced documentaries. Solid work all around and a recommended viewing from me.


  • Music Videos
  • Live Performances
  • New Featurettes


  • 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
  • Dolby 2.0


  • 84%
    Video - 84%
  • 80%
    Audio - 80%
  • 88%
    Supplemental Material - 88%
  • 90%
    Film Score - 90%

The Plot Thus Far

Director Eric Von Haessler spent three years looking for reasons why his favorite band, Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, hadn’t enjoyed more national success. With the help of fellow fans Peter Buck, Darius Rucker, Jason Isbell, David Lowery, Ed Roland, Ty Pennington and others, he uncovers the fascinating, behind-the-scenes story of a band that has spent the last 30 years both creating great music and making questionable career moves. Along the way he finds that Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ is a true rock & roll success. This documentary film uses album tracks and videos, never before seen performances, interviews from the past and present, along with archival behind the scenes footage to tell the true 30 year story of drivin’ n’ cryin’. This raw and honest look behind the curtain is is “warts and all”.

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