Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Projection Booth: Color Me Obsessed

Color Me Obsessed: A Film about The Replacements
directed by Gorman Bechard
There will be a showing Sat, Apr 02 | 6:45 pm at the Chazen Museum of Art as part of the Wisconsin Film Festival.

From :
With COLOR ME OBSESSED, the first documentary on the influential '80s
indie-rock band, The Replacements, director Gorman Bechard brings an
extraordinary vision to a unique filmmaking challenge. Told through
the eyes of fans, friends, and contemporaries, the film breaks from
the traditional music documentary format of music and performances.
“Not wanting to make a VH1/where-are-they-now style documentary, I
decided to present the band in a more iconic way,” the director
explains. “I thought, people believe in God without seeing or hearing
him but rather through the passion, faith, and stories of others.
After watching COLOR ME OBSESSED, I’m pretty sure music fans will
believe in The Replacements in much the same way.”

Combining over 140 interviews with rockers (Colin Meloy of The
Decemberists, Craig Finn of The Hold Steady, Tommy Ramone, Grant Hart
and Greg Norton of Husker Du, all three members of Goo Goo Dolls),
journalists (Robert Christgau, Legs McNeil, Ira Robbins, Greg Kot, Jim
DeRogatis), and fans both famous (Tom Arnold, Dave Foley, George
Wendt) and not, Bechard delivers the obsessive tale of the most
influential band you've never heard of, to many the greatest rock band
of all time, The Replacements. And though containing not a note of
their music, COLOR ME OBSESSED is a documentary that really rocks.

I cannot wait to see this film probably on the same level of excitement for seeing "X-men: the first class", "Thor", "Captain America: The First Avenger" and the final chapter of the "Harry Potter" series. Yes I'm that much of a Marvel nerd but I love the Replacements even more than superheroes. Paul Westerberg's sarcastic yet insightful lyrics, the evolution from a couple of sloppy kids playing for beer money to becoming a tight unit then the slow disintegration, its what I think of when I conjure up an idea of a great rock and roll band.

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