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Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements -- For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history, The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band's 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both-depending on your mood and the members' respective blood alcohol levels. Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between. Bechard bravely eschews including the band's music, photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome's wildly varied discography and infamous antics. Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRegotis, and Greg Kot; and actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you'll be ready to run home, gather some 'Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own.
Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements -- For some aging music fans and kids with a passion for musical history,
The Replacements are rock and roll defined. This Minneapolis quartet took a teenage-punk attitude, threw it in a blender with classic and pop rock, and then poured it into a Middle American pint glass. Over the band’s 12-year existence, its live sets were magical, a total mess, or both—depending on your mood and the members’ respective blood alcohol levels.

Gorman Bechard’s remarkable history of the ’Mats takes us from their
first show as the Impediments to their 1991 onstage breakup in Chicago, and everywhere in between.  Bechard bravely eschews including the band’s music,
photos, and live footage, instead relying solely on the fans: their well-kept memories, hilarious anecdotes, and differing points of views about the foursome’s wildly varied discography and infamous antics.

Bechard has recruited an impressive roster of influential fans: musicians such as Hüsker Dü, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls; writers such as Jack
Rabid, Legs McNeil, Robert Christgau, Jim DeRegotis, and Greg Kot; and
actors such as George Wendt, Tom Arnold, and Dave Foley. Sprinkled in among that esteemed group are the more mainstream fans, who often give the most insightful and heartfelt perspectives of all. Follower or not, after taking in COLOR ME OBSESSED, you’ll be ready to run home, gather some ’Mats albums, and design a perfect soundtrack of your own.
Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements -- Director Gorman Bechard brings an extraordinary vision to a unique filmmaking challenge with COLOR ME OBSESSED, the first documentary on the influential '80s indie-rock band, The Replacements.  Combining the band's mystique with the passion of their fans,
Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements -- Are you a believer? Are you one of the people who knows? Well you can trust that after watching Color Me Obsessed you will join the ranks of the privileged few. 

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.   “I wanted to give The Replacements ‘god-like’ treatment,” he explains, “but I didn’t want to make a VH-1 ‘Where Are They Now?’ style documentary. “  Combining the mystique of the band with the passion of their fans, Bechard made a music documentary with no music and not one single image of the band. “People believe in god without ever seeing or hearing him or her,” the director says.  “I’m going to make viewers believe in The Replacements in much the same way.” 

From rock stars Colin Meloy (the Decemberists) and John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) to music journalists Robert Christgau and Legs McNeil, COLOR ME OBSESSED features over 135 interviews with true-believers. From names you’ll recognize (Tom Arnold, George Wendt, Dave Foley and Tommy Ramone) to everyday fans, COLOR ME OBSESSED presents the potentially true story of The Replacements, America’s last best band, the most influential band you've probably never heard of.  And despite containing not one note of music, it’s a doc that really rocks.

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Cast

  (in credits order)
Robert Voedisch ... Himself

Tommy Ramone ... Himself (as Tommy Erdelyi)

Tom Arnold ... Himself

Dave Foley ... Himself
Grant Hart ... Himself
Terry Katzman ... Himself

George Wendt ... Himself

Johnny Rzeznik ... Himself (as John Rzeznik)
Robert Christgau ... Himself
Bil MacLeslie ... Himself
Kevin Bowe ... Himself
Greg Norton ... Himself
Lori Barbero ... Herself

Jesse Malin ... Himself
Jack Rabid ... Himself

David Carr ... Himself, columnist, New York Times
Jim Derogatis ... Himself (as Jim DeRogatis)
Greg Kot ... Himself, music critic, Chicago Tribune

Mark Schwahn ... Himself
Matthew Ryan ... Himself
Patrick Stickles ... Himself
Matt Gentling ... Himself
Colin Meloy ... Himself
Steve Albini ... Himself

Matt Pinfield ... Himself
Terry Walsh ... Himself
Casey Macpherson ... Himself
Scott McCaughey ... Himself
Chris Osgood ... Himself
Jack Heidenreich ... Himself
Stephanie Oliver Nelson ... Herself
Paul Stark ... Himself
Blake Gumprecht ... Himself
Andrew Sunaitis ... Himself
Martin Keller ... Himself
Bob Stinson ... Himself
Ira Robbins ... Himself
Brian Fallon ... Himself
Brett Milano ... Himself
Caryn Rose ... Herself
Peter S. Scholtes ... Himself

Jeff Corbett ... Himself
Gerard Boissy ... Himself
Michele Haber ... Herself
Kimberleigh Ernst ... Herself (as Kim Ernst)
Kelly Knapp ... Herself
R.J. Smith ... Himself
Tim Broun ... Himself
Jim McGuinn ... Himself
Randy Ellis ... Himself (as Randy 'Now' Ellis)
Bob Ferguson ... Himself (as Robert Ferguson)
George Skaubitis ... Himself
Legs McNeil ... Himself
Mac McCaughan ... Himself
Ray Reigstad ... Himself

Dan Zanes ... Himself
Tim Piotrowski ... Himself (as Timothy G. Piotrowski)
Ted Barron ... Himself
Tracy Patterson ... Himself, musician
Steve McClellan ... Himself
Bill DeVille ... Himself
Jim Connelly ... Himself
Brendan Welsh ... Himself (as Brendan Welsh-Balliett)
Diane Welsh ... Herself (as Diane H. Welsh)
Peter Zaremba ... Himself
Elaine Pan ... Herself
Stefani Janichi-Asma ... Herself
Lynette Wong ... Herself
Janet Billig Rich ... Herself
Mike Malinin ... Himself
Robby Takac ... Himself
Matt Wallace ... Himself
Dave Campbell ... Himself
David Minehan ... Himself
Ryan Cameron ... Himself
Sara Hauber ... Herself
Donna Donna ... Herself
Cindy Illig-Lum ... Herself (voice)
Mike Gent ... Himself
Scott Hudson ... Himself
Sonia Grover ... Herself
Dave Bielanko ... Himself (as David Bielanko)
Ian Wilson ... Himself
Jeff Kamin ... Himself
Bill Janovitz ... Himself
Melissa Locker ... Herself
Jenny Ries ... Herself
Matthew Tomich ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ed Ackerson ... Himself
Ken Anselmi ... Himself
Bill Batson ... Himself
John Beggs ... Himself
David Bester ... Himself
Sumishta Brahm ... Herself (voice)
Patrick Burns ... Himself
Craig Finn ... Himself
Gary J. Fischbach ... Himself
John Freeman ... Himself
Laura Itman Johnson ... Herself
John Kass ... Himself
Tom Kielty ... Himself
Jen Larson ... Herself
P.D. Larson ... Himself
Chris Mars ... Himself
Matt Mauch ... Himself
John Joseph McCauley III ... Himself

Brendan O'Malley ... Himself
Ross Otto ... Himself
Jim Peterson ... Himself
Brianna Riplinger ... Herself
Bill Schneck ... Himself
Deanna Schuppel ... Herself
Bruce Silcox ... Himself
Jay Smales ... Himself
Carleen Stinson ... Herself
Tommy Stinson ... Himself
Mark Trehus ... Himself
Paul Westerberg ... Himself
Mark Wheat ... Himself
Barrence Whitfield ... Himself
Scott Wickman ... Himself

Directed by
Gorman Bechard 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gorman Bechard  written by
Hansi Oppenheimer  based on an original idea by

Produced by
Gorman Bechard .... producer
David Bester .... executive producer
Ugo Cavalier .... co-producer
Dominic Cicere .... associate producer
Paul Clarkson .... associate producer
Adrian Correia .... co-producer
Dean Falcone .... co-producer
Chris Forsti .... associate producer
Scott Hudson .... executive producer
Brady Vant Hull .... co-producer
James Leftwich .... co-producer
Frank Loftus .... co-producer
Bil MacLeslie .... executive producer
Sean McVeigh .... associate producer
Jake Messier .... associate producer
David O'Hara .... associate producer
Hansi Oppenheimer .... producer
Elaine Pan .... executive producer
Jan Radder .... supervising producer
Jay Smales .... executive producer
Ed Valauskas .... co-producer
Diane Welsh .... executive producer
Scott Wickman .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Gorman Bechard 
Adrian Correia 
Sarah Hajtol 
 
Film Editing by
Gorman Bechard 
 
Production Management
Katherine Dickey .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sarah Hajtol .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Matt Gundy .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Sarah Hajtol .... photoshop artist
 
Animation Department
Yvonne Y. Yu .... animator
 
Editorial Department
Adrian Correia .... color correction
Katherine Dickey .... second assistant editor
Sarah Hajtol .... assistant editor
Jan Radder .... second assistant editor
 
Other crew
Kristine Bechard .... researcher
Katherine Dickey .... production assistant
Katherine Dickey .... researcher
Sarah Hajtol .... website designed by
Cory C. Maffucci .... intern
Erica A. Pulcini .... production assistant
Jan Radder .... researcher
Ryan T. Walker .... intern
Taryn Welker .... post production assistant
 
Thanks
Sonia Grover .... very special thanks
Peter Jesperson .... very special thanks
Jesse Malin .... very special thanks
Diane Welsh .... very special thanks
 

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"Color Me Obsessed" - USA (short title)
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While Hansi Oppenheimer came up with the original idea to do a fan-based film about The Replacements, her film included the band's music, photos and video clips. Once director Gorman Bechard took over the production, he used none of Oppenheimer's footage and completely started over from scratch, keeping only the film's name and the concept of interviewing fans. And in pure Replacements fashion, he also tossed aside the idea of using any music, photos or clips of the band and decided that the film would now be a serious look at the band's history from start to finish, as well as a study of how the right band can change one's life, as seen solely through the eyes of not only fans, but critics, contemporaries, and those influenced by The Replacements. There is no music in the film, nor are there any interviews with the band members, or any clips of live performances, solely because Bechard wanted none in the film. That a music doc without music had never been made is what truly excited the director about the project.See more »
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Dave Foley:People always asked if we wanted to be the Beatles of comedy, and we would say, 'No, we want to be the Replacements'.See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
We're the Replacements, 23 February 2013
Author: crummywatertowr-611-409730 from New Orleans, Louisiana

bought my first Replacements album, their last, on December 27, 1990 at 8:47 pm. An obsession was born.

While I had lots of friends in college, none understood me like The Replacements did. It seemed as if they had a song for whatever mood I was in. They were losers, like me, who wore their heart on their sleeve. However, they weren't emo. They were a rock band. A great rock band with an underage bass player named Tommy Stinson, his older, haunted by demons brother Bob on guitar, an artist named Chris Mars who happened to play drums, and a rebel with a soul writing the songs. The music drew me in but Paul Westerberg's lyrics kept me there.

For the next decade, I listened to at least one song once a day.

The one thing The Replacements didn't have was a major following. They were successful, but not R.E.M. successful. They launched a thousand careers. Nevermind also just happens to be one of The Replacements best songs. According to a Rolling Stone article I once read, The Goo Goo Dolls's Johnny Reznik once gave Avril Levine the entire Replacements catalog because she wanted to be just like him, and this was his way of telling her how to be . Craig Finn of the Hold Steady has always cited them as an influence. Jeff Tweedy, during a live performance that made it's way through many file sharing sites, once said everything Wilco did was based on The Replacements. However, I never really had friends that listened to them. They truly were my band.

Until Color Me Obsessed came to New Orleans.* Gorman Bechard has made a movie about The Replacements. Actually, he made a movie about those of us who listen to The Replacements. And, he did it without using one Replacements song.

The movie is an oral history. No clips from live shows. No videos - not even "Bastards of Young" which only shows a speaker. Just friends of the band in the real sense of the word, and friends of the band in my sense of the word. The director's intention was that if the film was any good people would go out and seek The Replacements.

Many stories were told of The Replacements' antics. The Replacements could probably drink any band in history under the table. Often they would play drunken sloppy shows that became part of their legend. Also, they could just play great shows that left people amazed. There were tales of how certain songs were written. Their were stories of how they signed to a major label and there are stories of the inevitable fall all told by people who knew the band. The best stories, however, were of people like me, just fans, who The Replacements became something more than a band. The star of the show, a thirtysomething, talked about how he would talk to an imaginary Tommy sometimes just because, you know, Tommy would understand. It didn't come off crazy.

Not to me anyway.

This is what made The Replacements great. It's what makes any band great. That feeling that you are part of something special. The fact that this band could make so many people who had trouble connecting at times connected without ever meeting each other was what made them great.

Until now. Until Color Me Obsessed.

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