FDL Movie Night: Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel

By: Monday February 25, 2013 5:00 pm

Patty Schemel was the drummer in Hole during one of the most gripping periods in modern music. As she was also one of the few women drummers to ever receive any amount of success and an out lesbian–though one who admittedly wasn’t “waving the pink flag” Schemel inspired fans while holding down the chaos of Hole’s live shows.

Numerous musicians and writers as well as Patty’s own band mates discuss her strength, feel, style, and grace as a drummer, as well as her importance as a cultural vanguard in Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death Story of Patty Schemel. Tonight’s guests, director/producer/writer P. David Ebersole and writer/producer Todd Hughes, combined interviews with video footage Schemel shot and rediscovered to create a portrait of strength, talent and vulnerability, plus an inside look at the personal lives of some of the most influential cultural figures of 1990s.

 

FDL Movie Night: “1991: The Year Punk Broke”

By: Monday September 19, 2011 5:00 pm

In 1991, the band Sonic Youth asked filmmaker Dave Markey to come along on their European festival tour which included several other bands, and document the goings on. Having Markey film the tour was a very prescient decision, since one of the bands, Nirvana, had just shot the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and was about to release Nevermind…And then punk broke.

FDL Movie Night: Bob and the Monster

By: Monday July 18, 2011 5:00 pm

I cried while watching Bob and the Monster during a scene where the movie’s subject, musician/drug counselor Bob Forrest, recounts receiving a letter from an inmate in a maximum security prison. The inmate writes that hearing Bob play his song “Memphis” live on the radio gave him hope; he threw a noose he had fashioned into his cell’s metal toilet and made the decision to live.

Dual Palin Docs: Doppleganger Views of Sarah to Hit Screens

By: Sunday June 12, 2011 6:00 pm

Movies-goers and politics junkies will have their eyes-a-poppin’ when The Undefeated hits theaters July 15th. Directed by Tea Party activist Stephen Bannon, the documentary features numerous Palin supporters giving rah-rahs about the former Alaska governor

Meanwhile, guerrilla filmmaker Nick Broomfield has a Palin pic in the can. In the past, he’s skewered Courtney Love in Kurt & Courtney, raised more than a few questions in Biggie & Tupac, and profiled Margaret Thatcher, dominatrixes, and serial killer Aileen Wuornos.

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