For the June installment of the Brooks Museum of Art's "Reel to Real" series, Indie Memphis director Erik Jambor will screen Bruce McDonald's 1996 feature film, Hard Core Logo. The film follows a punk rock band on its harrowing, last gasp reunion tour throughout Western Canada. Several noted punk musicians, including Joey Ramone, play themselves in cameos. Hard Core Logo has been frequently ranked amongst the greatest movies ever to come out of Canada.
"I first saw Hard Core Logo in 1997 at the Slamdance Film Festival, which runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. I had wandered into the screening knowing absolutely nothing about the film and had a career-changing experience that left me wanting to find a way to bring films like that back to my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Two years later we were preparing for the first annual Sidewalk Moving Picture Festival (complete with Hard Core Logo's Alabama premiere), and I was at the beginning of a new career that would eventually bring me to Memphis," said Indie Memphis director Erik Jambor.
"To this day, whenever I attend a film festival, I hope to find a film that hits me with the same visceral impact that Hard Core Logo did back in '97. The film is a great example of the unexpected discoveries that are key to a great film festival experience -- the sort of unexpected discoveries we work to bring to Memphis each October for audiences to explore at the Indie Memphis Film Festival."
When: 7 pm Thursday, June 17
Where: Brooks Museum of Art
Admission: $8 / $6 for Indie Memphis members
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Will one of the best films to come out of Canada this decade find an audience in America? Saddled on the albatross of Quentin Tarantino's Rolling Thunder releasing and elephant's graveyard, it's not too likely. I reviewed this film last year for the SXSW film festival where QT saw it, bought it and stuck it on the shelf with all of the other films he likes until it was just now released in L.A. and New York. If you liked Spinal Tap, punk rock, or just good films, see this while you can.
Hard Core Logo is the fictional documentary of the reunion by a "legendary" Canadian punk band of the same name. Not stopping there, an actual tribute album has been produced as well as the detailed history and discography of the band found on their amazing website listed above. Based on the book by Michael Turner, lead singer Joe Dick, lead guitarist Billy Talent, bassist John Oxenburger, and drummer Pipefitter reunited for a benefit show for their mentor Bucky Haight. Dick brings in filmmaker Bruce McDonald (as himself) to record the event and subsequent tour he's cajoled from his bandmates. What follows is Apocalypse Now, only funnier.
All now in their mid-thirties, they're ripped from their stable, if uneventful, existences and thrown back into an old bakery van hurtling across Canada. They crack. Then, the tour gets really weird. This year I WILL say this is the perfect punk rock movie. It's also a great film on how friendships change. Time has only made me appreciate the taste of this film, I just wish I could share it with everyone else.
~ Ron Wells, FilmThreat (1998)