By tully | "Boredom at Its Boredest" by Michael Tully August 8, 2006 at 5:30AM
I just got back from the Walter Reade, where I finally caught the Roky Erickson doc, YOU'RE GONNA MISS ME, which is included in the "Play it Loud: RockDocs 2006" series. If you're an indie film/music nerd like me, it was quite the star-studded event. Notable attendees included Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley (Yo La Tengo), David Pajo (PAJO, Papa M, Slint, Zwan), and Kelly Reichardt (OLD JOY). The doc is really good, in a CRUMB meets THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON type of way. As they say, true life is always more hauntingly bizarre than fiction. That definitely applies to the Erickson family.
Speaking of THE DEVIL AND DANIEL JOHNSTON, it's unfortunate for Keven McAlester that Jeff Feuerzeig's documentary was made and released at almost the exact same time, for it's hard to compete with that film on almost every level. I do hope McAlester's film finds an audience on the small screen, for it's a noteworthy addition to the genre. That said, I'd love to see a documentary about a creative genius who just so happened to be well-rounded, stable, and normal his entire life. I'm a tiny bit over the myth of twisted genius, as valid a concept as it might be.
Walking into the Walter Reade caused me to feel a giddy rush, knowing that in just a little bit over a month I'll be back there every morning for NYFF press screenings. Though the work that's being done in front of Alice Tully Hall is pretty obnoxious and annoying. That morning walk of glory is going to be hindered this year, I'm afraid. But there are worse obstacles to overcome, so I ain't complainin'...