There’s no mistaking the opportunity for local film and music lovers to appreciate this feature debut documentary from Tom Berninger (construction production assistant on Taking Woodstock, boom operator and actor in the short Cod Farthing), which captures the time he spent as a roadie with The National, the rising Rock & Roll band that just so happens to be fronted by Tom’s brother Matt. The tour, which kicked off in 2010, was anticipated as a capstone on the band’s steady emergence, following five critically acclaimed releases and a decade together.
For Tom, the chance to join his big brother on the road is a bit more complicated; he lives in Matt’s immense shadow and wanders along the margins of the film world, interested in horror films and heavy metal. It would seem, then, that Mistaken for Strangers will invite Queen City audiences inside a complex and ultimately humorous sibling relationship with a beat that still goes on. In fact, two screenings (Friday and Monday) will feature Q&As with Matt and Tom Berninger, hosted by Jim Blase of Shake It Records. For tickets and more information, consult the Esquire box office or movietickets.com. Opens March 28 at Esquire Theatre. (Not Rated) Not screened in time for review