USA | 1996 | 84 minutes | Doug Pray
September 25, 2017
Local Sightings Film Festival (Northwest Film Forum) co-presented by SIFF
Join us for a 20th anniversary screening of Hype!, the legendary rock documentary from director Doug Pray, and drop back into the Seattle of the early ‘90s as the underground music scene exploded into the global pop culture phenomenon of “grunge.” Hype! uses rare concert footage and insider interviews to trace the movement from its subversive start in neighborhood basements to Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” hitting number 1 on the charts. As the popularity of the genre grew and “grunge fashion” hit the runways, questions of money, authenticity and fame come to a head. The Northwest experience is one of humor, loss, and epic irony. Hype! has live performances by Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Mudhoney, and more.
Special pricing - $16, $13 for SIFF and NWFF Members
Monday, September 25, 2017
The band playing before the screening is the Schmidtheads, a spin-off of legendary late ‘80s proto-grunge band The Thrown Ups. Three of the Schmidtheads (Leighton Beezer, Ed Fotheringham, and Scott Schickler), were featured on the seminal 1988 release, Sub Pop 200, which has been called “The Mayflower of Grunge.” A fourth member, Jo Smitty, was in the early ‘80s band Mr. Epp and the Calculations (which was also Mark Arm and Steve Turner’s first band, long before Mudhoney formed).
The screening will be introduced by legendary radio DJ Marco Collins, who helped introduce grunge to the world in the early ‘90s on Seattle’s “The End” 107.7FM.
Invitations are still going out and we’re awaiting word from a number of invited guests, but we have confirmations from the following, all of whom are featured prominently in Hype!(and also were interviewed for Doug Pray's 2017 short film "Hype! 20 Years After” which is a bonus feature on the new Blu-Ray / DVD re-release of Hype!). There will be a Q&A after the film which they’ve been invited to participate in:
Mark Arm (lead singer Mudhoney)
Jack Endino, producer (Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc.)
Charles Peterson, photographer
Steve Fisk, producer (Screaming Trees, Beat Happening)
Lulu Gargiulo (Fastbacks)
Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks, Young Fresh Fellows, numerous bands)
Filmmakers attending: Director/Editor Doug Pray, Producers Pete Vogt and Lisa Dutton, Cinematographers Lars Larson and Lulu Gargiulo, and more TBD.
- Director: Doug Pray
- Principal Cast: Mark Arm, Chris Cornell, Matt Cameron, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder
- Country: USA
- Year: 1996
- Running Time: 84 minutes
- Producer: Steve Helvey, Peter Vogt, Lisa Dutton
- Cinematographers: Rob Bennett, Lars Larson, Lulu Gargiulo