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Director: Drew DeNicola – 100 minutes – USA
Official Selection: SXSW Film Festival, Doc NYC, IDFA
Winner: Best Documentary Feature – Indie Memphis Film Festival
Short: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me tells the incredible story of the dismal commercial failure, subsequent massive critical acclaim, and enduring legacy of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
Long: “…tells their story with loving care in a doc that will be embraced by generations of music nerds who can’t imagine a world without them.” – The Hollywood Reporter
Though never achieving commercial success, Big Star remain one of the most critically acclaimed bands ever. Each of Big Star’s 3 albums were named on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All Time list, and numerous bands have cited them as huge influences, including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith, and The Flaming Lips.
Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me tells the band’s story from Alex Chilton’s teenage stardom with The Box Tops, all the way through to the band’s implosion due to failed record sales, personal breakdowns and the tragic death of Chris Bell in 1978.
Featuring never before seen footage and photos, in-depth interviews and tributes from bands they inspired, the film tells the whole Big Star story for the first time. For new fans or old, this is an essential document of pop music’s greatest cult phenomenon.