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Filmed with extraordinary access over the course of more than two years, the feature-length MAY IT LAST: A PORTRAIT OF THE AVETT BROTHERS chronicles the band, fronted by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, on the long journey from their rural North Carolina childhoods to topping the charts and selling out arenas, experiencing heartbreak, tragedy and joy along the way. The film also provides an inside look at their collaboration with legendary producer Rick Rubin while recording the 2017 Grammy-nominated album “True Sadness,” which was released on American Recordings/Republic Records.

With the recording process as the backdrop, MAY IT LAST intimately depicts the deeply personal, lifelong bond between brothers, and shows how that dynamic helps shape their creative process as musicians and songwriters.

“The accuracy with which Apatow and Bonfiglio present this moment in our lives and process is stunning,” says Seth Avett. “From the vantage point of my brother and I, the film is almost surreal in its level of personal truth-telling.”

Featuring a wealth of exclusive footage of the Avetts in the studio and at home, never-before-seen family photographs, concert footage and revealing interviews with band members Scott (banjo, lead vocals) and Seth (guitar, lead vocals) Avett, Bob Crawford (bass), Joe Kwon (cello), Tania Elizabeth (fiddle), Paul DeFiglia (keyboards) and Mike Marsh (drums), as well as producer Rick Rubin and intimate family and friends, the film takes an in-depth look at the personal and creative relationship between the brothers that helps define America’s biggest roots band.


  • Free popcorn courtesy of St. Michael’s Country Day School
  • On-site food vendors: Diego’s, A Fork In The Road, LemonsAid, Sarcastic Sweets
  • BYO picnic, blankets & chairs
  • Bike racks on-site provided by Bike Newport

Rain Venue: Jane Pickens Theater, 49 Touro Street

Free Event – Suggested $5 Donation 

6:15pm: Venue & food vendors open
7:00pm: Live music by Lainey Dionne
8:00pm: Film followed by Q&A with director Michael Bonfiglio, moderated by David Fear, senior editor of Rolling Stone
Run time: 104 minutes
Directors: Judd Apatow, Michael Bonfiglio
May it Last
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Audience Award Winner

SXSW Film Festival

A must-see.

Rolling Stone

A total joy

Consequence of Sound

Warm and rejoicing.

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