Nashville Film Festival: Bob and the Monster Screening Tomorrow Night and Tuesday Afternoon



With Record Store Day touching down in tandem with The Nashville Film Festival this weekend, it’s safe to say Nashville’s in for an audio-visual media tornado. And by the looks of the ominous shade of the sky at press time — in addition to weather reports — maybe even an actual tornado, as well. Let’s hope not. Anyway, I wrote a capsule review or two (exactly two, in fact) for the Scene’s epic spread on of the festival, and I’m posting one of them below, because it’s for a rock-doc. I like rock-docs. And I especially liked this rock-doc. Called Bob and the Monster, the film tells the story of near-rock-star-turned-junkie-turned-substance-abuse-councilor Bob Forrest. Read more about it below and watch the trailer above. The film screens tomorrow, April 16, at 7:45 p.m., and Tuesday, April 19, at 12:15 p.m.

Many rock fans don't know the name Bob Forrest, but it wasn't meant to be that way. As singer for L.A. freak-punk luminaries Thelonious Monster — contemporaries of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Circle Jerks, X and Fishbone (subjects of their own NaFF doc this year, Everyday Sunshine, screening 2:45 p.m. April 19) — Forrest carved out a name for himself as a volatile, poetic and captivating frontman destined for greatness ... and as a junkie. This ultimately touching documentary — through personal interviews, celebrity commentary, archival footage and a variety of animations — chronicles the rise and total fall to rock bottom that led Forrest to reanimate himself as an influential and respected substance-abuse counselor. His unconventional and empathetic approach to treatment — and outspoken opposition to many more conventional forms of it — have made him a controversial figure to some and a guru to others. Filmmaker Keirda Bahruth will attend.

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