Spin spoke with Noah Abrams, a photographer who's making the Black Keys documentary. "A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people look cool," Abrams said. "I'm fortunate enough to know both these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny." In fact, he's described his intention for the film to be a "buddy comedy" that plays off the duo's back-and-forth rapport. "The comedy is usually endless with those two," he said.
Right now, according to Spin, the plan is for Abrams to get the documentary ready for "next year's film festival season," which could mean Sundance (which happens in January) or Toronto (which takes place in September). Either way, film festivals have been a receptive launching pad for music-centric documentaries, with everyone from Paul Simon to Pearl Jam lately having movies made about them. Abrams indicates that he'd like to line up a traditional theatrical release, but even if that doesn't happen, Black Keys fans can be sure they'll be able to get it on DVD.
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