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Hit So Hard 2011

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Hit So Hard 2011

103 mins USA Director. P. David Ebersole

Patty Schemel, drummer of grunge band Hole, recounts her turbulent years on tour with the band, piecing together a compelling tale of rock and roll excess, and the personal story of one woman’s survival. Schemel’s candid discussions about her sexuality, drug addiction and eventual homelessness, offer a wealth of new perspectives on her meteoric and unexpected rise to fame.

The openly gay woman who always felt "different" never dreamed she would be part of a multi-platinum selling band, touring with legends, or on the cover of Rolling Stone. Or that, thanks to drug addiction, she could lose it all so quickly. Told with insider interviews and stunningly intimate, never-before-seen footage shot by Patty and her friends, Hit So Hard tells the story of Patty's rise to fame (and nearly fatal fall from it), with no punches pulled... and it's one hell of a story.

Directed by

P. David Ebersole

Featuring

Courtney Love

Melissa Auf Der Mar

Patty Schemel

Genres

Documentary

Collection

Documentaries Sonic: Music in Movies Flare LGBT

Released

2011

Country

USA

Language

English

Production company

Ebersoletti Filmco, Inc.

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