BETTER THAN SOMETHING is a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon For Jimmy Lee Lindsay, known to his fans and detractors as Jay Reatard, life was a race against time. After growing up fast among Memphis crack addicts, he managed to blaze a path through the rough-and-tumble underground rock scene of the early aughts, releasing over 100 singles, EPs and full-length records in fourteen years. Then on January 13, 2010 he passed away.
With their feature documentary Better Than Something, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz let Jay tell his own story: a poverty-stricken childhood, teen years spent as a two-fisted tunesmith battling fans and band mates alike, and a short-lived adulthood of focused and relentless productivity.
Jay said "I just try to make as much as I can with the time that I have." By any measure, that is exactly what he did. Better Than Something is both a testament to Jay Reatard's indisputable legacy and a tribute to his vital, thrilling, and all-too-brief life.
2012, USA, 90 MIN, Feature Documentary. Screened at over 20 festivals including, AFI/Discovery Channel Silver Docs Film Festival, DOC NYC, NXNE, Nashville Film Festival, Indie Memphis, Don't Knock the Rock Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Santiago International Film Festival, Distrital Mexico Film Festival, In-Edit Bacelona Music/Film Festival, Raindance Film Festival, Way Out West Festival, Oslo Film Festival and many more. On March 2, 2012 it started it's US theatrical run: Nitehawk Cinema (Brooklyn), Grand Illusion (Seattle), The Clinton Theatre (Portland, OR), Egyptian Theatre (Los Angeles), The Roxie (San Francisco), and dozens of US cities and Internationally. betterthansomething.com/screenings.html
Directed, Shot & Edited by Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz.
Co-Produced by Joseph Berger
Produced by Alex Hammond
Music By Jay Reatard, Lost Sounds, Destruction Unit, Angry Angles, Oblivians
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