Originally, director Sam Jones planned to simply document alt-country heroes Wilco recording their fourth album, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. But plenty of drama unfolded--bad for the band, good for the film. Wilco was dropped by its label, founding member Jay Bennett was asked to leave the group, and the guys eventually signed a new record deal to put out their album.
All the action is captured in Jones' grainy black and white. Almost. The label's reaction to the record is discussed but not by any principles there. And band members talk about the dismissal, but the actual conversation isn't shown. Still, the glimpse into the creative process and the straightforward live performances give the film more rock and less talk. A true look behind the music.