By Cameron Carpenter, NXNE Film Programmer
GGorman Bechard is quickly becoming a favourite of NXNE Film. Last year the Connecticut-based filmmaker (and author, and screen writer) thrilled festival audiences with the Canadian premiere of his rock’n and ’roll documentary Color Me Obsessed:, A Film About The Replacements. He has a new world premiere treat for NXNE this year , and a world premier to boot with What Did You Expect? The Archers Of Loaf At Cat’s Cradle.
We sat down with Gorman to discuss all these movies, all things music , pizza and what might be in store for NXNE in 2013. he’s working on next.
Q. In “Color Me Obsessed” you let the fans do the talking and never interviewed the Replacements or showed them in performance. With “What Did You Expect?” it is nothing but live Archers Of Loaf footage and band interviews. Why the two polar opposite treatments?
I’m not a big fan of repeating myself, j. Just as I always hate when a band puts out a record that sounds exactly like every other record they’ve released. Which is part of my attraction to both these bands -; they were constantly changing, evolving, growing as musicians. They always kept us as fans on our toes and I love them for that.
Color Me Obsessed was original”. It was a concept that had never been done before, and I truly doubt it would have worked for any other band in history. With The Replacements there was no way to have gone back in time and capturedd the original members on stage, and – what little footage that does exist is poorly shot and just not that exciting.
When I discovered the Archers of Loaf were reuniting for a tour, and after seeing two of their shows in L.A., I knew this was something that needed to be documented. They are one of the greatest live bands in history but I also knew the film needed to be different from every other concert film that came before it. I wanted the audience to feel as is if they were there, in the front row of an Archers show. As if Eric were sweating on them, a. As if they were in danger of their lives from Matt’s bass neck. As if their ears would be ringing for days. I wanted this film to be in-your-face real.
As for talking to only the band… The concept was mainly to shoot a concert film. The interviews break up the songs nicely, give the viewers a chance to catch their breath and fall in love with these guys as people.
Full interview will appear in the NXNE magazine.