Hype!

Back in 1996, Doug Pray’s raucous, lively grunge documentary Hype! won the Golden Space Needle Award at SIFF. Fifteen years later, we can appreciate that moment as a pinnacle in Seattle music history. Many of the local bands portrayed—Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Gits, 7 Year Bitch—are gone. Some persist (Mudhoney, The Melvins), and the status of others is uncertain (Pearl Jam). Well-edited and containing an amazing array of concert footage, Hype! is celebratory yet skeptical; both the director and the musicians seem aware that something so suddenly inflated (i.e., grunge) is bound to burst. Pray will conduct a Q&A following the film, joined by some of the musicians profiled. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Wed., July 6, 7 p.m., 2011

 
comments powered by Disqus