Alice Gu’s REALLY GOOD REJECTS – World Premiere at SXSW 2022

Directed by Alice Gu (The Donut King)

Produced by Alice Gu, Jose Nuñez, Robert Fyvolent, and David Dinerstein (Summer of Soul)

Featuring Aaron Dessner, Jackson Browne, Andrew Bird, Jim James, Carrie Brownstein, Rodrigo Amarante, Madison Cunningham, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Blake Mills

Los Angeles luthier (manufacturer of string instruments), Reuben Cox, channels his instinct and artistic intuition in building custom guitars sought after by some of rock’s most acclaimed and respected artists. Reuben’s guitars have been described with reference to “Excalibur”, as if they are personalized musical weapons designed to unlock creativity. Music that currently resonates around the world has been written by incredible musicians with these instruments in hand. Alice Gu’s intimate documentary REALLY GOOD REJECTS sits down with musical legends like Jackson Browne, Carrie Brownstein, Aaron Dessner of The National, Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Phoebe Bridgers, Andrew Bird, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and Perfume Genius. Artists who all have one thing in common – Reuben Cox’s creations. As these stars share their wisdom on songwriting, how guitars manifest personality, and the joys of creative innovation, Gu documents a warm and wonderful exploration of the role of music in the human experience.

Director: Alice Gu

Executive Producer: Miwa Okumura, Mark Abellera

Producer: Alice Gu, Jose Nuñez, Robert Fyvolent, David Dinerstein

Cinematographer: Tobin Oldach

Editor: Mark Imgrund

Music: Peter Lauridsen

Principal Cast: Aaron Dessner, Jackson Browne, Andrew Bird, Jim James, Carrie Brownstein, Rodrigo Amarante, Madison Cunningham, Phoebe Bridgers, Perfume Genius, Blake Mills

Additional Credits: Music Supervisor: Liza Richardson

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