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Reelin’ and Rockin’: Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. (2021)

Opens on December 15

Director: Philipp Reichenheim Run Time: 82 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2021

Starring: Bob Mould, J. Mascis, Kim Gordon, Lou Barlow, Murph

Country: Germany
Language: English

Reelin’ and Rockin’ at Gateway Film Center

December 15, 2023 | In partnership with CD92.9, we’re bringing music back to the big screen with your favorite rock docs and films, hosted by Brian Phillips and Colin Gawel. Meet up with fellow music lovers beginning at 7:30PM, and then join us at 9PM for the feature presentation.

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About the film:

An homage of 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 as “Grunge”, laid the foundation for the “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.

“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, NME

Through several decades, the film offers rare insights into the crazy everyday life of the band and illuminates the inner workings of a cult band from its beginnings in the 1980s and 90s to the present day. An emotional, tragically funny and sometimes noisy rollercoaster ride by a dysfunctional family – Dinosaur Jr.

About the filmmaker:

Philipp Reichenheim (also known as Philipp Virus) is a filmmaker, visual artist and musician based in Berlin. He has directed and produced music videos and short movies, working with influential bands such as Dinosaur Jr., Atari Teenage Riot, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, and more. He plays guitar for the band Wild Style Lion. Freakscene: The Story of Dinosaur Jr. (2021) is his first feature film.

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