by Adam Gold
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.