The final offering in this spring’s Out on Screen film series is Hit SoHard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Patti Schemel. This pull-no-punches documentary traces Schemel’s biography from her coming out and emergence on the Northwest music scene through her years as the drummer for Courtney Love’s seminal rock band “Hole.”
The film unflinchingly chronicles not only Schemel’s musical career, but her drug addiction, homelessness, and subsequent recovery. It’s a compelling story made all the more immediate thanks to director P. David Ebersole’s effective interweaving of contemporary footage and material with Schemel’s own Hi8 recordings of those tempestuous and heady years.
Hit So Hard opened last week to strong reviews in New York and will premiere in Los Angeles this coming weekend. But there’s no need to go bicoastal to see this hard-hitting rockumentary. Come join us at the DUC Theater for Hit So Hard, a great finale to our spring series.
For more onHit So Hard, check out these links:
“In Hole, Then Scrambling Out of One” (Manohla Dargis, New York Times)