FROM THE DIRECTOR:
Trainwreck to Narnia chronicles life on tour with a brilliant, yet obscure, comedy band. Nearing their 40′s, the duo decides to go for broke in pursuit of their dream.
Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children MacNuggits might be the hardest working band you’ve never heard of. With a year-round tour schedule, billowing debts, and the looming fear that their life’s work could dissolve into nothing––theirs is the story of struggling artists everywhere.
It begins as many good stories do: in a meth-addled suburb, on the outskirts of the Bay Area. Here, our unlikely heroes were doomed to come of age in the same town that spawned the likes of Primus, Metallica, Operation Ivy, and Green Day––making it a per capita leader of three American hallmarks: drugs, fast food, and rock n’ roll.
And then the ’90s happened.
While record companies swooped down to lap up the fountain of subculture exploding out of Seattle, the Bay Area began to digest punk rock into something marketable. Bobby Joe Ebola––who built a cult following by satirizing the ugliest truths of the world, in harmony––was quickly overlooked. Two decades later, the stakes are higher than ever; the expenses and emotional wear of years on the road are taking their toll.
Trainwreck to Narnia is both a documentary and a musical. The film willingly blurs the lines between real life, the stage, and its own narrative. In its strangest, most accidental of moments, these all blend into scenes of magical realism––and inspire at least one middle-aged man, in a small town dive bar, to spontaneously realize the meaning of life.