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NOMINATED!

HIT SO HARD has been nominated for:

Outstanding Documentary
GLAAD MEDIA AWARDS 2013

and

Best Music Film
NME AWARDS
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NME - "Film of the Week"
"mesmerizing...funny, revelatory and touching."

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The Guardian
"cool twists and a sparkling supporting cast of junkies and exquisite corpses"
http:// www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/nov/09/patty-schemel-hit-so-hard-hole

"Read between the lines of the empowering story of Hole's drug-addicted drummer Patty Schemel, and an uncompromising picture of Courtney Love is also there"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2012/nov/15/hit-so-hard-review

MusicFilmWeb
"a bevy of compelling, interrelated threads encompassing sexism, sexuality, and grunge"
http://www.musicfilmweb.com/2012/11/patty-schemel-hole-hit-so-hard-music- documentary/

Cine-Vue
"One of the most fascinating rockumentaries of recent years."
http://www.cine-vue.com/2012/11/film-review-hit-so-hard.html

The Most Cake
"the best grunge rockumentary to emerge since The Year Punk Broke"
http://themostcake.co.uk/culture/film-review-hit-so-hard-patty-schemel-from -hole/

View London
"Packed with never-before-seen footage and revealing interviews, this is an entertaining and ultimately powerful and moving rockumentary that's something of a must-see for fans of grunge music and remains equally enjoyable for newcomers."
http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/films/hit-so-hard-film-review-45569.html

Elle Magazine UK
"gripping ... colourful... always entertaining"
http://www.elleuk.com/star-style/news/new-documentary-hit-so-hard-reveals- new-footage-of- courtney-love-with-kurt-cobain-before-his-tragic-death#image=1

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Shortlist
"compelling...fascinating"

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Grazia UK Magazine
"Four stars...not just a music doc"

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NEW! Magazine
"a fascintating look at fame...heartbreaking"

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Peccadillo Pictures gets Hit So Hard.

From Screen International:

P. David Ebersole's music documentary set for October theatrical release in the UK.

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Grunge Comes Back With a Vengeance by Mark Yarm

From BlackBook Magazine:

"Maybe it's a backlash to what's going on with pop music today--everything is so packaged and slick. Something dirty needs to show up,"

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LGBT-Centric Distributor Picks Up Patty Schemel Music Documentary for UK, Ireland

From MUSICFILMWEB:

London-based indie film distributor Peccadillo Pictures has acquired British and Irish rights to Hit So Hard, P. David Ebersole's well traveled music film about Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

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"Incredible documentary!"

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"Hit So Hard is something rare and refreshing"

See the full Lindsay Zoladz review here.
Watch: Courtney Love Reunites Mid-90s Hole Lineup here.

"Hit So Hard is one of the most inspiring rock docs in recent memory."
See the full San Francisco Bay Guardian review here.

"Unexpectedly poignant"

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"I love this movie!"

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"Utterly compelling"

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"Keenly observed"

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Hole Drummer Patty Schemel the Subject of Rock-Doc Hit So Hard

From Modern Drummer:

Hit So Hard opens in theaters this coming April 13.

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TC&L In The Studio with Patty Schemel

From Pledge Music:

Here's an exclusive "making of" video of Patty recording drums for our song "Oh My Love!". Hope you enjoy! TC&L

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HOLE MEMBERS TO REUNITE FOR PERFORMANCE IN NEW YORK

From Grunge Report:

According to Times Union Eric Erlandson, Melissa auf der Maur, and Patty Schemel will reunite for a performance in Hudson, New York at the Basilica Hudson on April 8, 2012 (Easter Sunday). This is 3/4 of Hole's classic 90s lineup, Courtney Love will not be in attendance. Eric Erlandson will do a reading from his new book 'Letters to Kurt' at 6PM and there will also be a screening of Patty Schemel's documentary Hit So Hard.

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He Lived Through This, Now Hole Co-Founder Offers His 'Letters to Kurt'

From New York Times:

Nearly 20 years after the death of Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana frontman and uneasy pioneer of grunge rock, a key member of Hole -- the band led by Cobain's widow, Courtney Love -- has written a book reflecting on Cobain's suicide and the emotional turmoil that it caused. But the author of this book isn't Ms. Love.

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HOLE AND SMASHING PUMPKINS MEMBERS FORM NEW ALL FEMALE BAND

From Grunge Report:

My name is Meghan Toohey and my band is The Cold and Lovely. This project has been a long time coming for me and I'm so excited to share it with you!

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Drummer girl hits back

From Star Online:

The film, which makes its Australian premiere on February 24 at the Mardi Gras Film Festival, is an unflinching portrait of Schemel's life, including the pain of growing up gay in small town Marysville, Washington, her alcohol and drug addiction, the loss of her close friend Kurt Cobain, bandmate Kristen Pfaff, her ensuing homelessness and the long struggle to return to sobriety.

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INTERVIEW Patty Schemel

From The A.V. Club Twin Cities:

Schemel talked with The A.V. Club, before she's present for a post-screening discussion of the new film Oct. 14 at the Ritz Theater, about the lesbian influence of grunge fashion, fans' Kurt Cobain/Courtney Love obsession, and the anti-feminism of the Whitesnake era.

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Sound Unseen 12: From Sid & Nancy to Sigur Ros

From Minneapolis City Pages:

Pink Mink will play a set of Hole covers live before Hit So Hard, a profile of ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

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Interview with Former Hole Drummer Patty Schemel

From Girl Germs Radio:

We're especially thrilled for a film called Hit So Hard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Patty Schemel. The documentary is a chronicle of the struggles--and successes--of Hole drummer Schemel.

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Oscar nominee, filmakers among guests at film festival

From Hudson Hub Times:

Guests can meet Patty Schemel, former drummer for the rock band Hole and subject of the documentary "Hit So Hard," along with director P. David Ebersole and producer Todd Hughes, for the Ohio premiere (Oct. 7 at 7:15 p.m.).

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HIT SO HARD Among First Highlights of 2011's Viennale

From indieWIRE:

The Viennale has also announced their first list of titles for their film programs, which include P. David Ebersole's new documentary HIT SO HARD.

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Well Go USA Nabs Rights To Documentary About Hole Drummer Patty Schemel

From Deadline.com:

Well Go USA has acquired all North American rights to Hit So Hard, a documentary feature about Patty Schemel, the drummer in Courtney Love's rock band Hole. Well Go has partnered with Variance Films, which plans to release the film in major markets early next year.

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Death, Drugs and Rock n' Roll- "Don't Knock The Rock's" Timely Glimpse into Musicians' Triumphs and Tragedies

From LA Weekly:

Director P. David Ebersole told us Hit So Hard, (which sold out last Thursday night and added a second screening) has been picked up for major theatrical release and even if you're not a Nirvana or Hole fan, you must see it. It's easily one of the most touching, honest, funny, refreshing and simply badass films of its kind.

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Heroin to Heroine

From Go Magazine:

Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel may be the first documentary about drug addition and survival filmed primarily by the addict herself.

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'Hit So Hard' plays at Outfest tonight!

From Popbytes:

P. David Ebersole, Linda Perry, Patty Schemel, Sia and Todd Hughes at Outfest.

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Sticks and Stoned

From Go Magazine:

Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel is a cinematic rollercoaster that reveals the story behind the famed lesbian drummer's struggles with addiction.

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Party in Provincetown!

From indieWire:

Among the people hanging out were producer Christine Vachon, John Waters, Hole doc ("Hit So Hard") producer Todd Hughes and director P. David Ebersole and Provincetown fest Director of Programming Andrew Peterson.

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Patty Schemel talks about "Hit So Hard" and life after Hole

From After Ellen:

Despite the up-and-down times for the drummer, one constant was that Schemel was constantly at work documenting everything on camera and now that raw, honest footage has been put together in the documentary Hit So Hard.

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Rights to the Patty Schemel Doc 'Hit So Hard' Go to Well Go USA

From Hollywood Reporter:

Well Go USA is partnering with Variance Films to release Hit So Hard, a documentary aboutPatty Schemel, the drummer in Courtney Love's rock band Hole, in major markets in early 2012.

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Hit So Hard: A Hard Look at Drugs, Sex and Playing With Hole

From Curve Magazine:

Patty Schemel is excited about her upcoming gig at the Ford Amphitheatre in Hollywood, following the Outfest screening of her documentary film, Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel. I would think she's excited just to be alive.

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OUTFEST 2011: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Preview

From LA Weekly:

Riveting...director P. David Ebersole uses a lesbian protagonist and her specific struggles as the filter for a discussion about large-scale political movements and cultural shifts of the '90s.

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Outfest Reviewing: Hit So Hard and The Wise Kids

From SheWired:

I would like to shake Patty Schemel's hand. The former Hole drummer has been through hell and back and lived to tell the tale in this revealing, memorable, and affecting documentary.

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Frameline 35 Wraps Up With Gala and Awards Ceremony

From SF Bay Times:

Honorable Mention for Documentary Feature went to Hit So Hard (about Patty Schemel of Courtney Love's rock group, Hole) by director P. David Ebersole.

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FRAMELINE35 2011: MICHAEL HAWLEY'S DOCUMENTARY CAPSULE REVIEWS

From Twitch Film:

This fine doc about Patty Schemel is an absolute must-see for fans of Courtney Love's band Hole, and worthwhile for anyone with an interest in women rockers, queer rockers, grunge rockers or queer women grunge rockers.

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Sheffield Doc/Fest 2011: Festival Report

From Cine-Vue:

This gem has wonderful footage of Kurt Cobain hitherto unseen and is a treat for the Nirvana fan as well as providing insight as to the rock star life style and the demands that go with it. The music is great, as is the concert footage and this will no doubt become a cult classic.

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Notes on the 13th Annual PIFF

From The Phoenix:

The film we were waiting for was "Hit So Hard," a profile of Hole drummer Patty Schemel by P. David Ebersole.

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Early winners at Provincetown film fest

From Cape Cod Online:

It's a raw look at drug addiction, a passion for music, life as a gay woman, the ruthlessness of the music industry, and the highs and lows of hanging out with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love.

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Frameline 35 - Interview With "Hit So Hard" Subject Patty Schemel

From BeyondCron:

The anger in Hole's music came at the start of the American social and economic inequality begun during the Reagan years.

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Five films you need to see at your LGBT film fest this summer

From After Ellen:

The life and near death story of Patty Schemel, the out drummer of Hole (from 1992-1997), premiered at SxSW and screened at Cannes before coming home to Washington to be highlighted at the Seattle International Film Festival last month.

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Interview with Hole drummer and 'Hit So Hard' subject Patty Schemel

From QPDX Portland:

I won't say that I'm always particularly verbally eloquent but I was a little aghast at my rambling questions posed to Hole drummer and subject of QDoc Friday night film Hit So Hard Patty Schemel.

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Today's SIFF highlight

From Seattle Times:

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Patty Schemel and P. David Ebersole of HIT SO HARD

From Seattle International Film Festival:

Patty and P. David interview with SIFF TV.

See the video here.



Music, Art Docs Show at 35MM Beat Festival

From The Moscow Times:

The Beat Film Festival brings an eclectic mix of music and art documentaries to the 35MM movie theater this week, from the story of the record label that made Oasis famous to a couple who went under the knife to be as one -- to the story of Hole's drummer Patty Schemel.

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SIFF "Face The Music" preview: Hit So Hard

From The KEXP Blog:

Seattle-area drumming icon for Hole (and before that Sybil and other bands) Patty Schemel intimately confesses what it was like to rock both grunge clubs and headline major festivals playing for Courtney Love. P. David Ebersole's first feature-length documentary, Hit So Hard, features cameos by Love, and pals like Faith No More's Roddy Bottom, punk-folk icon Phranc, and many others, issues about sexuality, addiction, and the darker sides of the music business are bracingly dealt with.

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Today's SIFF highlight: May 27, 2011

From Seattle Times Newspaper:

The Seattle Times recommends top picks for each day of the 2011 Seattle International Film Festival. For May 27: "Bruce Lee, My Brother" and "Hit So Hard," a documentary on Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

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Outfest announces gala screening for 2011

From Los Angeles TImes:

The Documentary Centerpiece, "Hit So Hard," which screens July 14 at the Ford Theatre, chronicles the life of Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

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HIT SO HARD is among the highlights on tap for this year's edition of Sheffield Doc/Fest

From indieWIRE:

Over 110 films make up this year's Sheffield Doc/Fest lineup, 79 of which are doc features making their world, international, European and/or UK premieres.

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TEN BURNING QUESTIONS FOR THE DIRECTOR OF ND/NF SELECTION HIT SO HARD

From Film Society of Lincoln Center:

For a couple of days, P. David Ebersole's HIT SO HARD, which traces the rise and fall (and near death) and then recovery and rise again of Hole drummer Patty Schemel's life to date, brought some rock n' role to New Directors/New Films. And that is meant both figuratively and literally, as the enthusiastic standing room only crowd at MoMA would attest as they waited and waited...and waited for Courtney Love to appear so the key members of the seminal rock group could reunite for the first time in 13 years and the lights could finally go down allowing the film to start.

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Q&A: Patty Schemel is Alive and Kick-drumming

From Option Magazine:

She saw the drug-related deaths of a band mate and a band mate's famous husband. She nearly succumbed to her own demons. And she lived through this to talk about it in a new documentary, Hit So Hard: The Life and Near Death of Patty Schemel. Carla DeSantis Black caught up with the former Hole drummer at the South By Southwest music confab in Austin, Texas.

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NEW DIRECTORS/NEW FILMS WRAP-UP

From Film Society of Lincoln Center:

She was like 50 minutes late (but let's face it, the life of a rock star ain't easy) but Courtney Love graced us with her presence for the premiere of Hit So Hard, joined by Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel, and Melissa Auf der Maur. ND/NF is just like that. Edgy.

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"Hit So Hard" Creates Hole Reunion: "We're Here Because Patty's Alive"

From indieWIRE:

In summer 2007, Hole drummer Patty Schemel came to her friend P. David Ebersole with a suitcase full of Hi8 tapes she shot over her years with the band. Along with images of Hole members Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur, late bassist Kristen Pfaff and Courtney Love, Schemel's camera documented the family interactions of Love, her husband Kurt Cobain and daughter Frances Bean. Ebersole, who lives around the corner from Schemel and met her through mutual friend Joe Mama-Nitzberg, told her, "I think you have a movie in this." Shortly after, Schemel asked Ebersole if he'd be interested in making the film with his producing partner/husband, Todd Hughes.

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Documentary Brings Members of Hole Back Together

From Wall Street Journal:

The film, "Hit So Hard," has its New York premiere as part of the 40th annual New Directors/New Films festival, co-presented by MoMA and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Directed by P. David Ebersole, the documentary takes a raw, unflinching look at Schemel's hard-knock life.

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HOLE TAKES NEW DIRECTORS

From Film Society Of Lincoln Center:

Courtney Love is a rock star. You can tell she's famous because she held up last night's screening of "Hit So Hard" at New Directors/New Films by nearly an hour. The new documentary, directed by P. David Ebersole, is a look at the life of rock drummer Patty Schemel. Former Hole band mates Eric Erlandson and Melissa auf der Mar joined Schemel on the MoMA red carpet to wait for their former front woman. The clock ticked well past the film's start time and everyone got rather anxious as Love checked in from the car saying more than once that she was just five minutes away.

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P. David Ebersole, Courtney Love, Patty Schemel and Melissa Auf Der Maur at the after party.



Classic Hole Lineup Reunite at Film Premiere

From SPIN.com:

Monday night's screening of Hit So Hard, a documentary chronicling the debilitating drug addiction of former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, began nostalgically with everyone waiting for Courtney Love to arrive.

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Hole (from l-r, Eric Erlandson, Patty Schemel, Courtney Love, and Melissa Auf der Maur) / Photo by Godlis




Hole's Classic Lineup Reconnects at Documentary Premiere

From Rolling Stone:

Onetime Hole band mates Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf der Maur and Patty Schemel were together for the first time in 13 years last night for the premiere of the new rock doc Hit So Hard at New York's Museum of Modern Art. "The film represents a really tough time in our band," bassist Auf der Maur told Rolling Stone, "and it's an incredible survival story about Patty."

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Hole at New Directors/New Films

From indieWIRE:

Hole made it to the Museum of Modern Art in New York Monday evening for the debut of director P. David Ebersole's New Directors/New Films doc, "Hit So Hard." Courtney Love, Melissa Auf Der Maur (right), Eric Erlandson and drummer Patty Schemel had their first reunion in 13 years for the film, which is a "pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Schemel." The film includes some amazing early footage of the band as well as late Nirvana frontman, Kurt Cobain. "I had this [footage] in the closet and sent it to [Ebersole]," Schemel told the audience following the screening. "We watched it and he said that it was a great story and said, 'can we do something with this?' and I said, 'sure,' and then I said, 'take good care of this and go tell my story...'"

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The Hole Story: After 13 Years, Courtney Love and Crew Reunite For Doc Premiere

From Movieline:

Courtney Love shrugged. "We've been in lots of rooms together," she said to a packed theater of moviegoers at the Museum of Modern Art, where Hit So Hard, a documentary about her band Hole (and, more specifically, drummer/addict/survivor Patty Schemel) had its New York premiere Monday night. The crowd laughed, steeped in nostalgia and recognition -- not that Love was talking about this room or this crowd.

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Hole Reunited!

From Perez Hilton.com:

We weren't sure we'd ever see this day, but holy shiz! It's happened! Courtney Love and her former Hole bandmates, Melissa auf der Maur, Patty Schemel, and Eric Erlandson all reunited last night in honor of a screening of the new documentary about Schemel's life, Hit So Hard, at the Museum of Modern Art in NYC last night, and we can't belove how lovely everyone looks!

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Hole Reunites For Drummer Patty Schemel's Documentary Premiere

From Billboard.com:

Former Hole drummer Patty Schemel is happy that her new documentary is bringing together a Hole reunion of sorts. Her onetime bandmates -- Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson and Melissa Auf Der Mar -- all plan to attend the premiere of "Hit So Hard: The Live & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel" tonight (Mar. 28) as part of the New Directors/New Films series in New York City, marking the quartet's first time together since the troubled making of the 1998 "Celebrity Skin" album.

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New Directors, better films: Annual New York festival showcases emerging talent

From Film Journal:

Also lesbian-themed and music-filled is P. David Ebersole's terrific documentary Hit So Hard, also destined to hit high b.o. notes. His subject is the up, down and up again life of Patty Schemel, who hit the percussion skins in the early '90s as drummer for Courtney Love's punk band Hole before hitting the skids and streets of L.A. as an addict. Music and celebrity insanity vie with drug and alcohol addition for screen time here, but what emerges is an honest and rewarding look at rock 'n' roll life back when Rolling Stone covers, triumphant world tours, suicides and overdoses all characterized the scene.

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Relive Through This: A Hole Reunion of Sorts at New Directors/New Films

From New York Times:

Reunited and it feels so good: four members of the vintage-1990s rock band Hole, which never got along as smoothly as any Peaches & Herb song, are planning to reconvene on Monday at the New Directors/New Films series to see a documentary about the former Hole drummer Patty Schemel, the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center said.

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Courtney Love's band Hole to gather for screening

From Huffington Post:

The group's original members will attend the screening of David Ebersole's documentary on former Hole drummer Patty Schemel on Monday at the Museum of Modern Art. The film, "Hit So Hard," is screening as part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual New Directors/New Films series.

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Meet the 2011 ND/NF Filmmakers: "Hit So Hard" Director P. David Ebersole

From indieWIRE:

This pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love's band Hole during its peak years, is no ordinary rockumentary. Told from the point of view of one band member, "Hit So Hard" takes an unprecedented inside look at one of the most crucial and controversial groups of the 1990s, with up-close-and-personal home-video footage of life offstage with Courtney, Kurt Cobain, and the band.

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New Hole Documentary Features Unreleased Duet Between Courtney And Kurt!

From Perez Hilton:

A new documentary chronicling the story of former Hole band member Patty Schemel premiered at the SXSW this week, and on top of focusing on the drummer's drug addiction and the deaths of Kurt Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff, it also features never-before-seen footage of the late Nirvana frontman performing an unreleased song with then-wife Courtney Love!

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"Hit So Hard" on KXAN NBC Austin

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SXSW 2011 Queerty interviews the makers of "Hit So Hard"

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Patty Schemel :: Hole Drummer 'Hits Hard' Then Rises

From Edge New York:

Raised in a farm town outside of Seattle, openly lesbian drummer Patty Schemel never dreamed her right foot would pedal the band Hole toward international stardom, defining the 90s grunge era with such hits as "Doll Parts" and "Miss World." One minute, she was swimming in accolades from critics and fans alike, resulting in a cover shoot for Rolling Stone.

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"Hit So Hard" documentary following drummer Patty Schemel premieres at SXSW

From ABC Austin:




Former Hole Drummer Patty Schemel Gets The Rock Doc Treatment In 'Hit So Hard'

From MTV.com:

Anybody who listened to Hole during their peak knows that the band was dominated by frontwoman Courtney Love. Her personality was so outsized and her voice so big and distinct that there was little room for anybody else in the band to really shine. But Hole were an incredibly efficient rock machine, and a lot of that was because of the savage precision of drummer Patty Schemel. Drummers tend to get short shrift in any band (save for iconic singularities like Keith Moon, John Bonham or Neil Peart), so it's about time that one of the more talented members of the time-keeping fraternity gets the attention she deserves.

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Killer Lifestyle - Patty Schemel doc 'Hit So Hard' remembers living and dying in the 1990s

From The Austin Chronicle:

In some ways, the timing of Hit So Hard couldn't be more perfect. Structured around Schemel's Hi8 footage from those dark and heady times, the film hews closely to her biography, touching on her early drumming and drinking (ages 11 and 12, respectively), her coming out, and her central role in the Northwest music scene before unflinchingly recounting her path from being Hole's most crucial and well-known drummer.

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Patty Schemel By Tom Tom Magazine

From Tom Tom Magazine: A Magazine about Female Drummers:

Growing up in the pre-grunge Northwest, Patty Schemel started off in the Empty Records punk scene and has since gone on to drum in everything from Imperial Teen to P!NK. In 1992 she joined forces with Hole writing two of the most acclaimed records from the 90's: Live through This and Celebrity Skin. Even with such an impressive resume she still remains one of the sweetest and most humble drummers alive. Vice Cooler spent an afternoon with Patty to debunk rumors and discuss drums, making it out of grunge, and running a doggy daycare.

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South By Southwest 2011 Interview - "Hit So Hard" director P. David Ebersole

From EFILMCRITIC.com:

"Once upon a time in Hollywood, a good friend in the industry told me never to mix genres, which is advice I seem never to heed. So we have made a lesbian rockumentary that is equal parts tragedy and comedy, a road picture and a home movie, a behind-the-scenes backstage pass and an intimate portrait of one woman's journey from small town girl to rock star to homelessness. "Hit So Hard" is the story of Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting, openly gay drummer of Courtney Love's seminal rock band Hole; but it also the story of a true survivor. It's The Wizard of Oz meets The Decline of Western Civilization." Director P. David Ebersole on "Hit So Hard" which screens at this year's South By Southwest Film.

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The SXSW 11 For '11: iW's Picks For the Upcoming Festival

From INDIEWIRE.com:

The attitude and rhythm of SXSW was determined by its massive music festival long before the film portion even existed. Many of the screenings echo this reputation with nonfiction portraits of musicians letting loose. At least half a dozen titles fill this niche in the current program. These include "Bob the Monster," which focuses on the struggles of Thelonious Monster and The Bicycle Thief frontman Bob Forrest and "Hit So Hard," about ex-Hole drummer Patty Schemel.

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Hollywood Reporter: Must See Movies at SXSW



Courtney Love Praises 'Tribal' Nature Of Hole Drummer Patty Schemel In Exclusive MTV 'Hit So Hard' Clip

From MTV.com:

Fame and fortune, stars and celebrity, rock and roll -- these are the things that many of us think we want out of life, but many of the people who've reached these goals barely survive through them. Enter the story of Patty Schemel.

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Help Save Luxuriamusic.com! Splendor In The Grass Welcomes Drummer Patty Schemel and Producer Todd Hughes to the Pledge Drive's Finale Show!

From LUXURIAMUSIC.com:

This Monday, March 7, Hole drummer Patty Schemel and film producer Todd Hughes will join radio host Sheryl Farber on her show SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS to celebrate rock & roll's amazing women drummers and discuss the new documentary about Patty's life, HIT SO HARD. The show runs from 8 PM until 10 PM PST. Tune in to luxuriamusic.com and join them in the chat.

Listen to the podcast here.



Gay-Themed Films Heat Up SXSW

From ADVOCATE.com:

Standout films in the upcoming South by Southwest festival lineup include Hit So Hard, a look at Patty Schemel, the lesbian drummer for Courtney Love's seminal band Hole...

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"Hit So Hard" has Patty Schemel out from behind her drumset

From AFTERELLEN.com:

Patty was never afraid of being herself and of taking on the stigma of not only being a girl in a band, but being a female drummer, and an out lesbian at that. But those attributes are only part of what makes her so fun to see on film.

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Hit So Hard Announced for SXSW 2011.

Hit So Hard will make its world premiere at South By Southwest in Austin, TX on March 15, 2011.

From sxsw.com:

Joining the 24 Beats Per Second section, P. David Ebersole delivers Hit So Hard, a revealing documentary on HOLE drummer Patty Schemel.

The life and near-death story of Patty Schemel, the hard-hitting openly gay drummer of HOLE whose friendship with struggling musician Kurt Cobain unexpectedly led her to a path of fame, addiction, betrayal, survival and triumph.

The 24 Beats Per Second section showcases "the sounds, culture and influence of music and musicians, with an emphasis on documentary."

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Hit So Hard announced for 40th Annual New Directors/New Films.

Hit So Hard will make it's New York premiere on March 28, 2011 at New Directors/New Films.

The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center announced the full lineup today for the 40th edition of New Directors/New Films (March 23 . April 3). Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, the film festival will screen 28 feature films (24 narrative, 4 documentary) representing 22 countries.

From NYTimes.com:

Ebersole's rockumentary HIT SO HARD is a pull-no-punches portrait of the hell-and-back life of Patty Schemel, drummer for Courtney Love's band Hole during its peak years. The result is an unprecedented inside look at the one of the Nineties most crucial and controversial groups. Notwithstanding its amazingly candid interviews (Love included), its unflinching accounts of the personal tragedies that plagued the band in its heyday, and a rare look at hardball music-industry politics gives the viewer the lowdown on the recording of Hole's 1997 record Celebrity Skin.

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