It has been a year since filmmaker Gorman Bechard screened Color Me Obsessed in Boston. The documentary, about 80’s rock band The Replacements, was an official selection and attendee favorite at the Boston Independent Film Festival in 2011, and was also named one of the “Seven Best New Music Documentaries of the Year” by Rolling Stone. And after touring numerous film festivals over the past year, it’s coming back to town for a special screening at the Brattle Theatre for a screening including a Q&A with the director and double feature billing with its new little brother, a music documentary about Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based band Archers of Loaf.
Color Me Obsessed takes us back to the very beginning of The Replacements, their public onstage breakup in 1991 and everything in between. Sounds standard, but it’s not - this is the first music documentary, that I’ve ever seen, that doesn’t include a single song, image, or member of the band it’s about. Instead, Bechard chooses to conceptualize The Replacements as a god-like figure in the documentary, asking viewers to not have to see or hear them in order to believe in their legacy.
It’s fascinating and it works, especially with his impressive list of over 140 “believers” sharing their personal anecdotal stories about the band, including writers and celebrities, as well as musicians from Hüsker Dü, The Decemberists, The Hold Steady, Archers of Loaf, Titus Andronicus, Deer Tick, Shellac, and Boston bands The Neighborhoods and The Figgs.
Joining the screening is Bechard’s latest musical odyssey, What Did You Expect? Archers of Loaf Live at Cat’s Cradle, about the recent reunion of 90’s indie-rock icons Archers of Loaf. And being a die hard fan since I was 13, I can’t tell you how excited I am to see this. The documentary shares rare concert footage and interviews from the band’s two legendary concerts in 2011 at the Cat’s Cradle in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The show was so successful the band continued to tour, including multiple sold out shows at the Middle East in Cambridge, while their entire back catalog was reissued by Merge Records.
Color Me Obsessed and What Did You Expect? Archers of Loaf Live at Cat’s Cradle will be screening at the Brattle Theatre on Wednesday, July 18th. Tickets are $10/$8 students, seniors, Brattle members; Double Feature Tickets $15/$12 students, seniors, Brattle members.