Mistaken for Strangers

Synopsis: In 2010, rock band The National were about to embark on the biggest tour of their career. After ten years as a band, and five critically acclaimed albums, they were finally enjoying wider recognition. Lead singer Matt Berninger invited his younger brother, Tom, to join the tour's crew. A budding horror filmmaker, Tom - who is nine years younger than Matt and listens exclusively to heavy metal - decided to bring his camera along. Tom's at sea in the world of indie rock, and living in his brother's shadow brings out the younger sibling in him - he drinks, complains, and struggles to balance his ambition with his tour responsibilities. The result is a film about brothers and about making something of your own.
Director(s): Tom Berninger
Production: Abramorama Entertainment
  2 wins & 2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
75 min

Can you stop that?

I can't think of questions.

You're not gonna

get sunburned, Matt.


Just relax.

- Anything.

- Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah...

Hold on, hold on!

Let me think of it.


Do you...?

Do you ever get..?

I mean...

On tour,

it's day in and day out.


Do you ever get...?

Does that ever make you

sleepy on stage?


Or tired?

Tired on stage?

That's my question.

Question number one is that.

Have you ever woken up

in a nightmare, on a bus?

Because the movement.

What kind of nightmares,

have people talked about

of having?

Don't act like

it was a dumb question!

I'm following up

on my first question!

Do you have a notebook?

With questions

written down that you, like...

Do you have any

kind of organization and plan

for this film?

Our guests today in the studio

are The National.

We're about to talk

to a band called The National.

They've been critical darlings,

for the last ten years or so;

but now they are

finally achieving

some commercial success.

Yes, the secret is out.

This is one of the most

talked about bands

on the planet right now.

Please welcome to the program,

The National.

Your applause for...

The National.

You're the smartest dressed band

on the red carpet today.

Are we?

Maybe we...?

Did we over do it?

No, not at all.

This is our first red carpet,

so you are going to see

a lot of waistcoats.

So the new record is blowing up.

Number three on the charts.

And you've been profiled

in Rolling Stone, GQ.

You were recently the subject

of a ten-page spread

in the New York Times.

The Times piece mentions you

guys are a band of brothers.

Two sets of brothers.

Bryan and Scott are brothers.

And Aaron and Bryce

are twins actually.

But then, there's you, Matt.

You're the guy in the band

who doesn't have a brother.

I... I do have a brother.

Um. But he's nine years

younger and lives in Cincinnati.

What does your brother

think of the band?


That's a good ques-- Aaa?

I don't think he does think

of it that much actually.

He's more of a metal head.

So... I think he thinks,

Indie rock

is pretentious bullshit.

And here we are.

That's me, my sister,

my dad, and my mom.

And there's Matt.

And this was

at our grandma's funeral.

And uh... I don't know?

I'm looking pretty good there.

Two weeks ago, Matt called.

He said the band is ready

to go out on tour again.

And they're going to need

extra help.

So he asked if

I wanted to go on tour

and be a roadie.

A year on tour with my brother,

I think, is going to be awesome.

I don't ever

get to see him so...

I think it's going to be fun.

I'm taking a camera along

to make a documentary

on the band.

Making movies is something

I've always really loved to do.

A Primarily

horror-action movies.

It's not The National but...

This is my first movie,

From The Dirt Under His Nails.

It's about an insane

animal trapper

who resurrects from the dead.

And goes on a rampage.

And this one is Wages Of Sin!

This one's about a barbarian

with an identity crisis,

who also goes through

a murderous rampage.

I'm filming down here!

Oh. I didn't know

that, sorry.

I don't leave until

eight o' clock tomorrow night.



Hey, we were just talking

to the fella upstairs.

We're just making

a small documentary

on The National.

He said it was okay

if we do a little shooting.

- Okay.

- Alright. Thank you.

Have you ever heard of

The National?

They're from here.

Right. Right.

I'm his brother

and I'm about to go on tour.

Have you ever been on a tour bus

or anything like that?

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