Fans of the Reelin' and Rockin' movie series might recall our screening of the excellent documentary, "Color Me Obsessed, a film about The Replacements" by filmmaker Gorman Bechard. Well, as it turns out, the acclaimed film maker has set his sights on a new project featuring Columbus' own Lydia Loveless. He recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance his forthcoming feature, "Who is Lydia Loveless?"
Gorman was kind enough to answer a couple of my questions about "Who Is Lydia Loveless?"
Colin G. - Previously, your movies have focused on iconic underground acts with long histories like The Replacements / Archers of Loaf and so on. How does your approach to a project change when the subject is a younger artist just starting to make a dent in this big mean world?
Gorman - Well for one, I can capture the making of a record as it's happening. But I tend to approach every film differently. How can I turn the genre on its ear? The normal VH1 rock doc formula bores me to tears. In this case I really want to show Lydia at work, how she writes, records, tours, deals with the inherent sexism of rock & roll, etc. And I definitely want her amazing sense of humor to shine through. People will not only fall in love with Lydia and her music, they will have a good time doing so.
Colin G. - Was there a single moment or song when it suddenly hit you that you had to make this movie? What pushed it over the edge from a crazy idea to actually making it happen? Can you pinpoint it?
Gorman - It was the first time I saw her live. It was just her and Ben. She was singing Verlaine Shot Rimbaud. The line about "I just wanna be the one you love." She stepped back maybe 7 or 8 feet from the mic, yet her voice filled the room. I was awash with goosebumps. And right then and there I knew. It was definitely a crazy idea. I really thought I would not make another rock doc, at least for a while. But I thought about it a lot. Never really mentioned it to anyone, until the next time I saw her live. We were talking outside while she took a smoke break. And I just sort of asked. She said sure. It all came together as simple as that.
Colin G. - If you could wave a magic wand what is your best-case scenario for this movie? What story do you hope to tell? When and where would you like to see it premier?
Gorman - I hope to tell a completely entertaining story about a young artist breaking through. The struggles, the joys, all of it. I want the world to fall in love with Lydia, because she really is the future, the hope, for rock and roll. She has The Replacements gene. I hope to capture the brilliant chaos of her live set. Well, I guess the obvious place to premiere would be SXSW. But we'll see.
Colin G. - Thanks Gorman and good luck. I cannot wait to see this movie.