Dear Jack, The Andrew McMahon Documentary, sets release date

From the press release:

On November 3rd, Sire Records will release the DVD and digital download editions of Dear Jack — a deeply personal documentary made by Jack’s Mannequin frontman Andrew McMahon — that chronicles the year that McMahon, then 22, spent battling acute lymphoma leukemia while trying to release Jack’s Mannequin’s 2005 debut album Everything in Transit.

“Dear Jack” chronicles Andrew McMahon on a rollercoaster year, through the highs of recording and releasing the first Jack’s Mannequin album, and the lows of being diagnosed with leukemia and breaking up with the love of his life.

Using a DV camera Sire Records bought him to capture the making of his album, McMahon shot everything before and after that crucial day in May of 2005 when he both finished the project and was diagnosed with cancer.

Directed by filmmakers Cory Moss and Josh Morrisroe and narrated by Tommy Lee, this documentary is a raw look at the battle that is leukemia, from spinal taps to radiation, from using a lint brush to remove your hair to infusing your body with someone else’s stem cells (in this case, Andrew’s sister Kate).

“Dear Jack” is a breathtakingly emotional film as well as a testament to family, friends and, perhaps more than anyone will ever know, a love of making music.

The DVD of Dear Jack will be available for pre-order from Jack’s Mannequin’s website (http://www.jacksmannequin.com/) beginning September 14th. Those who pre-order will get access to an exclusive newly recorded and previously unreleased track, “Swim (Music Box)” as an instant audio bonus, and an exclusive movie lithograph poster. Cost of this limited edition fan bundle will be $29.99. The film will also be available for digital download on iTunes.

Three theatrical screenings of Dear Jack will also be held for fans and press in October. The film will also be shown at the Landmark Theater in Chicago on October 8th, the IFC Theater in New York City on October 22nd, and a theater location yet to be confirmed in Los Angeles on October 28th. McMahon will hit the road for a solo tour, just him and a piano, in October to raise awareness about Dear Jack. Confirmed dates are listed below.

In other news, “Swim” — the second single and video from Jack’s Mannequin’s current album The Glass Passenger — can be seen and heard as one of the primary visuals in promo spots teasing the premiere of CBS’s new fall drama Three Rivers. A show about organ transplantation, Three Rivers deals with second chances, what you do with them, and who deserves them, according to executive producer Carol Barbee. “Swim,” a powerful, layered song about fighting for the goodness in life at all costs, dovetails perfectly with the show’s theme.

Andrew McMahon’s upcoming solo tour dates are as follows:

Sun Oct 4 Denver, CO Daniels Hall
Tue Oct 6 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
Wed Oct 7 Chicago, IL Lakeshore Theater
Sat Oct 10 Newport, KY The Southgate House
Mon Oct 12 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
Wed Oct 14 Somerville, MA Arts at the Armory
Thur Oct 15 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
Sun Oct 18 Washington, DC Sixth & I Synagogue
Mon Oct 19 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sun Oct 25 San Francisco, CA Swedish American Hall
Tue Oct 27 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
Thur Oct 29 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour

As always, keep an eye on http://www.jacksmannequin.com/ for news, information, tour dates, Andrew’s blog, merch, and much more.

James Shotwell

James Shotwell is the founder of Under The Gun Review. He loves writing about music and movies almost as much as he loves his two fat cats. He's also the co-founder of Antique Records and the Marketing Coordinator for Haulix. You should probably follow him on Twitter.

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