In this visual essay style documentary, intimate audio of journalist Michael Azerrad's interviews with Kurt Cobain is played over more recently photographed footage of Cobain's Washington state homes and haunts.
HIT SO HARD follows the journey of Patty Schemel, the openly gay drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band 'Hole.' As a young girl who always knew she was 'different' from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of 'Rolling Stone.' But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected 'slacker' generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, embraced by the dark side.Written by
Feature documentary on Patty Schemel, drummer for rock band "Hole", and the struggles of fame, drugs, and coming out.
"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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