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Mon, Jun 13 at 8:00pm | 9:55pm


  • Dir. Philipp Virus
  • USA/Germany
  • 2021
  • 82 min.
  • NR
  • DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Music City Mondays.

FREAKSCENE: THE STORY OF DINOSAUR JR. is an homage to one of the most influential bands on the American East Coast, which inspired the rock scene — including Nirvana and Sonic Youth — in the 1990s. Their style and unmistakable sound, later referred to as grunge, laid the foundation for the entire “slacker” culture of Generation X. It is also the story of the eloquent and eccentric guitarist and bandleader J. Mascis, the bassist Lou Barlow and drummer Murph — and a band that insanely does not talk to each other. Communication takes place exclusively through music. Philipp Reichenheim nevertheless manages to make the closed and shy icons speak. An emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy rollercoaster ride by a dysfunctional family through several decades, the film offers rare insights into the crazy everyday life of the cult band, illuminating the group’s inner workings from its beginnings in the ‘80s and ‘90s to the present day. 

“For diehard fans, FREAKSCENE is a new look at a much-loved story and for newcomers, it’s the perfect introduction to the foundations of an iconic band.” —Ali Shutler, MME

“Delving into the legacy of U.S. rockers Dinosaur Jr., this dynamic documentary beautifully balances the giddiness of a fan and the warmth of a close friend.” —Phuong Lee, Guardian

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