Foo Fighters - Back and Forth

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Posted on Mon, 09/29/2014 - 2:46pm
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Album Overview

Foo Fighters: Back and Forth is a 2011 rockumentary about the American rock band Foo Fighters, directed by filmmaker James Moll. The film documents the band's history, and gets its title from a track on the Foo Fighters' seventh studio album Wasting Light.


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The film includes material taken from over 1,000 hours of historical and new footage, and interviews with the current members of Foo Fighters, former bandmembers William Goldsmith and Franz Stahl, and producer Butch Vig. Frontman Dave Grohl has said the main inspiration for the film was the decision to record Wasting Light in the garage of his mansion in Encino, California – "Personally, I thought it would be a good idea to now tell the story of the last 16 years, so it would make more sense to watch us make a record in a garage. After selling out fucking stadiums and becoming this big rock band, why would you make a garage record? To me the first hour and 20 minutes of the movie is leading up to that moment." He also added that while the band "always believed a little mystery is important to rock’n’roll", he considered it was time to tell their story, and referencing the Tom Petty documentary Runnin' Down a Dream, "If we wait any longer, we’re going to wind up with a four-hour-long documentary".

Release and Reception

Back and Forth saw its debut on March 15, 2011 at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. The first session was followed by a surprise Foo Fighters live performance, which included the entirety of Wasting Light in its setlist.

On February 12, 2012, the documentary won a Grammy Award in the Best Long Form Music Video category.


Directed By: James Moll
Director Of Photography: Harris Done
Edited By: Tim Calandrello
Executive Producer: Alex Brunner
Executive Producer: Chris Miller
Executive Producer: Gaby Skolnek
Executive Producer: Glen Zipper
Executive Producer: Jeanne Elfant Festa
Executive Producer: John Cutcliffe
Executive Producer: John Silva
Executive Producer: Michele Farinola
Other [Line Producer]: Shannon Dill
Other [Produced By]: James Moll
Other [Produced By]: Nigel Sinclair


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