Documentary showing at The Arts Station in Fernie on March 8th, 8pm $10 ticket. There is a post soiree at Picnic! Los Angeles filmmakers Jeff Broadway and Rob Bravler will be in attendance! Lots of free h’orderves! Collectable posters! Come on out!
Cure for Pain explores in poignant detail the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of the Boston “low rock” pioneers Morphine. Sandman, who left an indelible imprint on American music as one of the most original and distinctive musicians of his generation, was an inscrutable figure whose hardworking band gathered a devoted international fan base.
Drawing on previously unseen home movies, photos, archival footage, and intimate, revealing interviews with family members and admiring musical colleagues, the film offers a unique portrait of the man behind the music, from his roots in Newton, Mass., to his travels from Alaska to Brazil and his eventual ascent to indie-pop stardom. Apart from revisiting the “unique and sultry sound” of Sandman’s music and legacy, the film digs deeper, exploring the meaning of family through this critically praised singer-songwriter and innovative instrumentalist’s own personal anguish at the loss of his two brothers.
The pursuit of Sandman’s turbulent story has led filmmakers Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway and David Ferino to New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Rome. Among those appearing in the film are members of the Sandman family, Seth Mnookin (Vanity Fair), Nic Harcourt (Los Angeles Times, KCRW), Steve LaBate (Paste), Ben Harper, John Medeski, Les Claypool (Primus), Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and members of Morphine: Dana Colley, Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree.
Since its first public screening in February 2011, Cure for Pain has been invited to participate in more than 30 film festivals across a dozen countries, including the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC), Leeds International Film Festival (UK), DOC NYC, Canadian Music Week (Toronto), IFFBoston, Melkweg/IDFA (Amsterdam), UNICEF Blue Week (Talinn, Estonia), Sound Unseen (Minneapolis), DORF (Vinkovci, Croatia), the Titanic International Film Festival (Budapest), Out Loud! (Brussels), the Beat Film Festival (Moscow), the Tallgrass Film Festival (Wichita, KS), and the Northwest Film Forum (Seattle). The film has also garnered international press attention from major publications, including Blackbook Magazine and Vanity Fair.
“Plenty of documentaries succeed in telling a story. But very few succeed at portraying a character. More than just a portrait of one particular musician, Cure for Pain imparts the larger realities of musical life and the bittersweet nature of love and loss.” – Michael Azerrad, author of Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana, and Our Band Could Be Your Life
“A wonderful film. Filled with emotion, great music, and ultimate tragedy.” – Jon Taplin, producer of The Last Waltz
“Inspiring and tragic: the story of an unconventional player reaching a large audience, who was made and unmade not by ego, fame or drugs, but by that which makes and unmakes us all: family, spirit, fate. And the music remains as original and ass-kicking as ever.” – Will Hermes, contributor at The New York Times,
Rolling Stone, NPR
About Gatling Pictures:
Gatling Pictures was co-founded in 2009 by Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway and David Ferino. Cure for Pain is the production house’s first feature-length film. They are currently in pre-production for their second documentary, Tsua-Lei-Dan, which will explore the history of, and struggle for Taiwanese independence. Gatling also produces scripted content, including music videos and narrative films.
For more about the film, visit www.gatlingpictures.com or www.facebook.com/gatlingpictures. To request any further information about the film, please contact Jeff Broadway at email@example.com