Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story (2011) - News Poster


Film Review: ‘Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story’ Places Spotlight on Great Band

Rating: 3.5/5.0

Chicago – I can still remember when I first heard the band Morphine. It was the title track from their stellar 1993 album, “Cure For Pain,” which also serves as the title for a strong new rock doc about this underrated and underappreciated trio that’s now playing On Demand. The movie has some rough edges in terms of production and its subject’s notorious privacy makes him a difficult centerpiece but if the greatest accomplishment of “Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story” is merely that it reminds viewers of the pure genius of Morphine then it’s done some good.

A two-string bass, a baritone saxophone, and a drum set. That shouldn’t be a band. But with the amazing songwriting of Mark Sandman, it became a very successful one under the name Morphine. 1992’s “Good” was a strong debut but it was 1993’s “Cure For Pain” that really
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Iff Boston Boasts Impressive Line-up, Kicking Off This Week

The Independent Film Festival of Boston (IFFBoston) kicks off this Wednesday, and has a number of impressive films in its line-up. The festival will take place at the Somerville Theatre in Davis Square, the Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square, the Coolidge Corner Theatre in Brookline, and the Stuart Street Playhouse in downtown Boston. The festival, complete with over 110 film screenings, filmmaker Q&A sessions, panel discussions, visiting filmmakers, parties and events will showcase the best in current American and International cinema.

The opening night film of the festival is Being Elmo directed by Constance Marks will open the 9th annual festival on April 27th at the Somerville Theatre. This marks the first time the festival will open with a documentary. The film follows Kevin Clash, from humble upbringings as he follows his dream to become a puppeteer and one day work with his idol, Jim Henson, to the present day
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Exclusive Video: Morphine Documentary Opens at Full Frame Festival

Photograph courtesy of Gatling Pictures.Featuring interviews with Ben Harper, John Medeski, Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), Mike Watt (The Stooges), Les Claypool (Primus), and Seth Mnookin (a Vanity Fair contributor), Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story tracks the life and career of Morphine front man Mark Sandman. Morphine, whose members achieved the status of cult heroes during the band’s 10 years of existence, formed in Boston in 1989. Known for their distinctly woozy sound, classified by critics as “low rock” (but described by Sandman as “fuck rock”), the group abandoned traditional rock instrumentation in favor of slide bass, multiple saxophones, and drums. The music stopped, however, when Sandman died of a heart attack onstage during a show in Italy in 1999. His last words were: “Thanks, Palestrina. It’s a beautiful night. It’s great to be here and I want to dedicate a super-sexy song to all of you.
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New Title, New Trailer For Morphine Doc Cure For Pain

Previously known as Sandman: At Your Service, the upcoming documentary about the life of iconic bassist Mark Sandman and his trio Morphine is finally complete and priming itself for a run on the festival circuit. And with things now wrapped up the film has been rechristened as Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story  - a far superior title, I think you'll agree - and released a new trailer.

Cure For Pain examines the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of Boston "low rock" band Morphine. From his Newton, Mass., roots to his travels across America and around the globe, Sandman left an indelible imprint as one of the most distinctive musicians of his generation. Along with revisiting the "unique and sultry sound" of his music, Cure For Pain explores the meaning of family through this critically praised and personally conflicted singer, songwriter and innovative instrumentalist.

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