Don’t Break Down: A Film About Jawbreaker


Directed by
Tim Irwin & Keith Schieron
Produced by
Dan Didier & Keith Schieron
Edited by
Erin Elders
Supervising Editor
Barry Poltermann
Production Partners
A Rocket Fuel Production, in association with September Club

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In 2007, 11 years after one of the most influential American punk bands, Jawbreaker, called it quits the three members, Blake Schwarzenbach, Chris Bauermeister, and Adam Pfahler reconnected in a San Francisco recording studio to listen back to their albums, reminisce and even perform together.

Follow the band as they retell their “rags to riches to rags” story writhe with inner band turmoil, health issues, and the aftermath of signing to a major label. Featuring interviews with Billy Joe Armstrong, Steve Albini, Jessica Hopper, Graham Elliot, Chris Shifflet, Josh Caterer and more.

Directors Keith Schieron and Tim Irwin have not only got an utterly fascinating documentary on their hands but the subject matter, as it’s laid out, is wildly compelling. A band is on the brink of hitting it big, toss in some self-sabotage, infighting, and the kinds of things that make things like keeping the band together such a tenuous proposition for some people. I am completely in when it comes to listening to a story about a band I may have never heard of as it’s the insights into these people who could have been more than just a band that meant something to some people. They could have broken through in a big way.

Christopher Stipp