Hype!

Back in 1996, Doug Pray's raucous, lively grunge documentary Hype! won the Golden Space Needle Award at SIFF. Many 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. The film is presented by Three Imaginary Girls, who'll also show various nostalgic shorts from the '90s. (NR) BRIAN MILLER

Sat., Nov. 10, 8:45 p.m., 2012

 
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