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Alex, Andy, and Jody, 1973 by William Eggleston

Andy, Alex, and Jody, 1973 by William Eggleston
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Alex, Andy, and Jody

Andy, Alex, and Jody

"You really cannot better Big Star. To this day, I can well up with tears listening to that stuff -- it's so beautiful. In a way, I still can't understand why they weren't enormous"

- Peter Holsapple, the dB's

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliot Smith and Flaming Lips, to name just a few. With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews and a rousing musical tribute by the bands they inspired, BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is a story of artistic and musical salvation.


"[Documents] the band's coming together and falling apart and [offers] a passionate tribute to its brilliant, beautiful music."

Bruce Diones - The New Yorker

"Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori's lovingly assembled documentary inventories the near-misses and noble failures that comprised Big Star's short career, as well as the tragedies that occurred after they'd stopped recording."

Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail

"The story that writer-director Drew DeNicola and producer-director Olivia Mori reconstruct has the power to move even those who prefer Mozart or Lil Wayne."

Mark Jenkins - NPR

"DiNicola explores the specifics of Big Star's implosion as well as anyone can, considering band breakups are much like shattered love affairs: Who ever really knows what went wrong?"

Stephanie Zacharek - Village Voice

"If Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me leads even one person to listen to Big Star for the first time, this movie will have done a great service."

Chris Nashawaty - Entertainment Weekly

"It seems like a bittersweet inevitability that even a celebration as reverential as this one is suffused with such aching poignancy."

Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News

"Overall, it's still a skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated."

Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times

"Don't think of "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" as a sad tale. Cautionary, maybe. Mostly it's a celebration of a great band making great music, if only for a short time."

Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic

"The film certainly gives the band its due, but it will likely appeal more to Big Star cultists, ones eager for minutia about recording and business deals."

Peter Howell - Toronto Star

"Considering the star-crossed band it documents, there should be no surprise that "Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me" has a melancholy tinge to it."

Tim Grierson - Paste Magazine

"[A] thoroughly detailed ... doc that charts the band's thwarted expectations."

Bruce Ingram - Chicago Sun-Times

"Bill Lloyd on the enduring appeal of Memphis power-pop heroes Big Star, subject of a fine new documentary"

"MovieMaker Editor’s Weekend Pick: Big Star Documentary Opens in Select Cities"

"Big Star aren't just rock's greatest cult band; they were arguably rock's first cult band."

- Pitchfork

Jody, Andy, and Alex

Jody, Andy, and Alex

Chris, Alex, and Andy in Alex's Bedroom

Chris, Andy, Alex, and Jody in Alex's Bedroom

"No one I knew had ever seen them play. Information was scarce. So these records they'd pull out, they were simply artifacts. It was like seeing the heads of Easter Island or the Great Pyramids or something. You didn't know what they were or how they'd gotten there."

- Peter Buck, R.E.M.

Drew DeNicola - Director / Writer / Editor / Director of Photography

Drew DeNicola is producer/director of his ongoing documentary project Natural Soul Brother: The Original Black Radio DJs, a finalist at the IFP Market 2007. He has previously served as an editor/producer for VICE/ in New York.

Danielle McCarthy - Producer

Danielle McCarthy is currently employed as Manager of Publicity and Marketing at Magnolia Pictures. She has handled publicity and promotion for independent film hits like James Marsh’s Man On Wire (winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary), I Am Love, Food, Inc., Jiro Dreams of Sushi and Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. McCarthy holds a BFA in Cinema Studies from New York University and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME is her first film.

Olivia Mori - Co-Director / Producer

Olivia Mori has been working in the film industry for the past eight years as a costume designer and stylist. After being involved with music-related productions like Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock and Darnell Martin's Cadillac Records, Olivia is making the leap to documentary story-telling. She has a BA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Experimental Film. Olivia currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Gill Holland - Executive Producer

Gill Holland was nominated for Spirit Award Producer of the Year 1998. He has worked on more than 50 features (including award-winners Spring Forward, Bobby G. Can’t Swim and Dear Jesse). Gill produced Morgan Freeman's triple Sundance-winning Hurricane Streets and Tim Kirkman’s Sundance fave Loggerheads, and executive produced Ali Selim’s Spirit Award-winner Sweet Land.

John Fry - Executive Producer / Music Supervisor

John Fry started Ardent Studios in his grandmother’s sewing room when he was just a teenager and over forty years later continues to own and operate the studio in Memphis, TN. Ardent has recorded a wide-range of legendary and acclaimed artists including Big Star, Led Zeppelin, Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, ZZ Top, The White Stripes, Bob Dylan, Cat Power, The Replacements and R.E.M. just to name a few. John Fry came on board on BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME as Music Supervisor / Executive Producer in 2007 and has been a crucial and enthusiastic advocate for the film and the legacy of Big Star.

I never travel far without a little Big Star - The Replacements