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Color Me Obsessed: A Film About The Replacements -- Over the The Replacements'  12-year existence, its live sets were magical.  Gorman Bechard's remarkable history of the 'Mats takes us from their first show  and everywhere in between.  He relies solely on the fans; memories of their albums &  antics. Material from Husker Du, Babes in Toyland, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, and Goo Goo Dolls is included.
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 Peng Correia .... co-producer (as Adrian Correia)
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 Peng Correia  (as 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 Peng Correia .... color correction (as Adrian Correia)
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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Best Thing Ever Done on the Mats, 8 May 2011
Author: MikeZ1963 from Minnesota

I had the pleasure of seeing Color Me Obsessed at the last screening at the Trylon in Minneapolis. And I can say, pretty much without hesitation, that this is the definitive version of the Mats story. It covers everything and I mean everything you could ever want to know about this band unlike they've ever been covered before. It presents so many great stories, people who were influenced by them, people who just love them, and a lot of new facts. I can think of three things regarding their album Tim alone which I have never heard before. And I've read everything on the band, including the online bible which is massive. To even compare this to the All Over But The Shouting book is just silly. Sorry, I hated that book. The author didn't even interview most of the people in it. Its like half made up of quotes from articles and reviews on the band. (To the person who complained about the article quotes used in the film. What movie were you watching? There were only three that I remember, the guys from Wilco and Drive-by Truckers, and one from the late Jim Dickinson, who would have been tough to get considering. While there were like over a hundred people in the film talking to the camera. You're like complaining about 30 seconds in a 2 hour movie.) The book has no flow, it sort of jumps around and makes no sense. I was so annoyed when I finished reading it. The movie though made me just want to be able to see it again. It tells the bands story from start to finish, using the albums as chapters. If you didn't know anything about them, you'd understand everything by the end. And though I would have loved to see clips of the band, they were never missed. No, really. I know it sounds strange but the story works without the music or the band. I'm not even sure how. But it does. Maybe the Mats have a really good story, and this is a really good movie. The director introduced the film and told us he was giving non-fans all the info they needed to discover the band as us die hards did way back when. And that the die hards didn't need the music, we'd already be hearing the songs playing in our heads during the film. He was so right. I've been a fan since 1981 and I think this is a great movie. I'm glad the bands story has finally been told.

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