How To Grow A Band to debut in April

How To Grow A Band movie posterAfter a handful of delays lasting several years, Mark Meatto’s film, How To Grow A Band, is finally scheduled to open in April.

The project is an in-depth look at Chris Thile’s ambitious composition, The Blind Leaving The Blind, which he wrote for Punch Brothers’ debut album, Punch. Matteo spent time with Thile as he was writing, rehearsing and recording the piece. All of the band members are featured, including both original bass player Greg Garrison and current Puncher Paul Kowert.

The title comes from the band name Thile was using prior to settling on Punch Brothers, and while the filmmaker missed the chance to have the project ready when Punch was released in 2008, the delays have seen the band skyrocket in popularity over the intervening years.

Here’s a look at the most recent trailer.


At this point, How To Grow A Band is only scheduled for showings in New York City and Louisville, KY. We will try to get more information about additional screenings before it opens.

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