If, one night, you happen to come upon a crowd that has gathered around a van that’s bursting with experimental music and blinding strobe lights, you’re probably experiencing a concert by the band Friends Forever.

Ben Wolfinsohn’s documentary Forever Friends follows this performance art project gone mad. It’s a documentary shot on gloriously grim digital video about two guys who find a parking spot, throw on a smoke machine and a bubble maker, play some insane intro music with a "good creative vibe," then pound the skins incoherently. It’s a musical journey that few can understand, but people all over the country have had the pleasure to witness.

The serious-as-a-heartbeat Nate and Josh record on their own puny N.G.W.T.T. (Nothing Gets Worse Than This) label, so they have tapes to sell at their gigs. Jeannie is their groovy light girl who sometimes blows a fuse, sometimes not.

Wolfinsohn’s funny, subtle pacing builds the suspense, so we never know what will happen at their next stop. Will their potential publicist John chug another milk jug of beer, only to end up drinking his own puke? Who knows? One can only hope.

These odd musical geniuses will grow on any true indie film fan ready to be smacked upside the head by something far from mainstream. Just when you’re afraid the film is going to get too damn pretentious, the shit hits the fan again. The viewer will be quick to realize that everyone has a piece of these guys within themselves.

Let’s face it; everyone wants to travel the country for free. Everyone wants to live on rice and beans with their dogs and play impromptu concerts anytime you damn well please. Let’s all quit our jobs and just crisscross the country making art. Why the hell not?

Friends Forever is not a film for everyone. If you are hooked on Hollywood mainstream smack, this will jolt your system worse than hearing a bad Yngvie Malmstein bootleg while chugging straight Jim Beam.

But if you wanna see a real Spinal Tap for the DV age, Friends Forever is the best of its breed.

Movie Grade: B+

DVD Grade: B+