Pleased to Meet Me

The chief pleasure of this unassuming indie drama (2013) comes from watching veteran musicians try their hand at acting; the cast includes John Doe, Aimee Mann, Loudon Wainwright, and Joe Henry. A former rock manager (Mann), attempting to reinvent herself as a radio journalist, sets up “an experiment in musical purity” with the aim of documenting the results. She brings together six nonprofessional musicians from various traditions, sets them up with a producer (Henry) and a bandleader (Doe), and asks them to record a song in one day. Archie Borders, directing a script he wrote with David Henry, understands the creative process and the particular tensions that exist between musicians, though there’s little dramatic tension to make those observations feel especially urgent.