Last Days Here (3/26, 10:30pm)

“Ingenious and suspenseful…to call this a mere music documentary is like saying Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is a pretty tune.” — Lauren Wissot, Filmmaker Magazine

From the makers of Rock School comes an astonishing fly-on-the-wall portrait of an underground music icon that will surprise you at every turn, and have you alternately cringing, laughing and crying before the end credits roll. Going against every expectation you could ever have from its subject matter, Last Days Here is neither rock doc nor junkie oblivion epitaph, as it covers the hugely talented, prematurely aged and completely dysfunctional Bobby Liebling (founder and vocalist of metal pioneers Pentagram), and his endless states of metamorphosis. As we watch him kick drugs, find drugs again, fall in love, go to jail, reform his band and beyond, Last Days Here is a profoundly touching (if dark) affirmation that even the most tortured life is full of possibility, as well as a moving depiction of how a fan’s love can change the life of his idol, as Pentagram uber-fan Sean Pelletier goes from admirer to friend, to band manager. Plus — it’s packed with some of the crunchiest metal tracks you’ve ever heard. Stop reading here. Just go see it.
Dirs. Don Argott & Demian Fenton, 2011, HD presentation, 90 min.

* Thanks to Fantasia Fest programmer Mitch Davis for the text.

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