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Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements


Images courtesy of Greg Hegelson

Color Me Obsessed: A Film About the Replacements
(Gorman Bechard, 2011)

New Documentary

Nonfiction filmmaking holds a strong appeal for many committed directors and producers. This ongoing series lets you sample wide-ranging approaches to the contemporary documentary.

Wed, Sep 5, 2012 7 PM

The first documentary about one of the defining indie-rock bands of the 1980s, Color Me Obsessed is a novel take on the now-clichéd rock documentary format. The band (including the interview-shy Paul Westerberg) never appears in the film. Instead their booze-fueled story is told exclusively through the tales of fans (famous and unknown), friends, and contemporaries. Full of passionate, obsessive, and sometimes conflicting Rashomon-like perspectives, the film’s approach might be an ideal way to tell the story of a group whose achievements were overshadowed by their untapped potential and raucous lifestyles. Those who do appear include musicians from the Hold Steady, the Decemberists, and Hüsker Dü (the Replacements’ Minneapolis contemporaries), journalists Robert Christgau and Ira Robbins, and comedian Dave Foley and actor George Wendt, who are both fans. (123 mins., video)

After the screening, head to The Summit (2210 Summit St.) for a Replacements tribute show featuring your favorite 'Mats songs as performed by Second State Butchers, SPD GVNR, Animal Cubes, Sons of Norway, Zac Szymusiak of Washington Beach Bums, and Quinn Fallon of Los Gravediggers.

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