What started as a simple film-archiving project quickly grew into the making of a full-on documentary, sharing the expert drummer's struggle with drugs and the pressures of fame. "It was difficult to watch some days," Schemel says of the footage. The documentary peels back Hole's mythic exterior to reveal Schemel's story of coming out of the closet, battling addiction, dealing with the deaths of bandmate Kristen Pfaff and friend Kurt Cobain, and, eventually, completing a successful rehabilitation, being happily married and giving birth to her daughter.
Hit So Hard begins its week-long run tonight at the Denver FilmCenter, 2510 East Colfax Avenue; Schemel will be at the FilmCenter for a Q&A session following tomorrow's 7:15 p.m. screening. For more information on tickets, $7.25 to $9.75, and showtimes, visit www.denverfilm.org. For more on the film, visit www.pattydoc.com.
Fri., May 4, 2012