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Hit So Hard -- A documentary that follows Hole drummer Patty Schemel as she struggles with fame and addiction.
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Writers (WGA):
P. David Ebersole (written by) &
Todd Hughes (written by)
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16 November 2012 (UK) See more »
The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel
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Feature documentary on Patty Schemel, drummer for rock band "Hole", and the struggles of fame, drugs, and coming out. See more (10 total) »


  (in credits order)

Patty Schemel ... Herself

Courtney Love ... Herself
Eric Erlandson ... Himself
Melissa Auf der Maur ... Herself

Kurt Cobain ... Himself (archive footage)
Kristen Pfaff ... Herself (archive footage)
Larry Schemel ... Himself
Gina Schock ... Herself
Debbi Peterson ... Herself
Kate Schellenbach ... Herself
Nina Gordon ... Herself
Roddy Bottum ... Himself
Joe Mama-Nitzberg ... Himself
Phranc ... Herself
Sarah Vowell ... Herself
Dallas Taylor ... Himself
Alice de Buhr ... Herself
Chris Whitemyer ... Himself
Care Bears on Fire ... Izzy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Butchie ... Herself

Evan Dando ... Himself (archive footage)

Dexter Holland ... Himself (archive footage)
Leslie Mah ... Herself (archive footage)
Metallica ... Themselves (archive footage)
Sheri Ozeki ... Herself (archive footage)

Fred Schneider ... Himself (archive footage)

Jenny Shimizu ... Herself (archive footage)
Pat Smear ... Himself (archive footage)

Directed by
P. David Ebersole 
Writing credits
P. David Ebersole (written by) &
Todd Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Heather Bendler .... associate producer
Julianna Brannum .... associate producer
Todd Hughes .... producer
Brad Lovett .... associate producer
Dan Snow .... associate producer
Christina Soletti .... producer
Original Music by
Roddy Bottum 
Cinematography by
Larra Anderson 
Mark Putnam 
John Tanzer 
Film Editing by
P. David Ebersole 
Sound Department
Tom Boykin .... sound editor
Kerry P. Brown .... mixing consultant
Eric Lalicata .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Lalicata .... supervising sound editor
David Malits .... sound mixer
Sergio R. Rocha .... sound effects editor
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Hernando Bansuelo .... second unit: photography
Kim Rasser .... still photographer
Stephen Roullier .... still photographer
Starr Scesniak .... still photographer
Jamie Tolbert .... second unit: photography
Editorial Department
Eric Chase .... hd colorist
Andrew Harwood .... video post assistant
Other crew
Dean R. Cheley .... clearance counsel
Jim Dobson .... publicist
Michael Donaldson .... clearance counsel
Anna Margarita Albelo .... thanks
Allison Anders .... thanks
Jennifer Arnold .... thanks
Rodney Ascher .... thanks
Nigel Barker .... thanks
Peter Belsito .... thanks
Shaz Bennett .... thanks
Cary Berger .... thanks
Jello Biafra .... thanks
Effie Brown .... thanks
Kerry P. Brown .... thanks
Charlotte Caffey .... thanks
Austin Chick .... thanks
Billy Corgan .... thanks
Joseph F. Cultice .... thanks
Christine D'Souza .... thanks
Darius Fisher .... thanks
Christian Gaines .... thanks
Philip Gefter .... thanks
Kevin Iwashina .... thanks
Dylan Marchetti .... thanks
James McNew .... thanks
Stuart Moxham .... thanks
Linda Perry .... thanks
Richard Press .... thanks
Lance Robertson .... thanks
Lizabeth Scott .... thanks
Loren Segan .... thanks
Tristen Tuckfield .... thanks
Diana E. Williams .... thanks
Mary Woronov .... thanks
Lauren Zuckerman .... thanks

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Feature documentary on Patty Schemel, drummer for rock band "Hole", and the struggles of fame, drugs, and coming out., 19 May 2011
Author: jbrannum from United States

"Hit So Hard", directed by the gifted and multi-faceted filmmaker, P. David Ebersole, chronicles the life of one of rock's most talented drummers, Patty Schemel, of the band "Hole". Great archival footage with thoughtful structure pulls in all the elements that make this film an amazing rock doc.

The interviews are solid, funny, and touching with voices that are rarely seen on camera - such as a comprehensive section on female drummers. There is, of course, just a touch of super rare footage of Kurt and Courtney's but just as it relates to Patty. The film does a wonderful job of keeping the focus on Patty without venturing into the usual suspects. We gain insight on what it was like to come out as a gay teen and later as a gay musician in the limelight. Patty's mother and brother add sentimental stories that connect you to Patty's complexity.

So personal and layered, it will leave you feeling so satisfied. Highly recommend!

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