Patty Schemel (Hole, Kill Sybil) Documentary Forthcoming
In 2007, Patty Schemel, former drummer of Hole and Kill Sybil, among others, approached Christina Soletti with 40 hours of footage on Hi-8 tape shot during her tenure in Hole in the ’90s. Schemel, concerned that the tapes would soon disintegrate, apparently sought to have the footage transferred, but Soletti found the footage “fascinating” — enough so to propose the idea of a documentary.
The result is entitled Hit So Hard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Drummer Patty Schemel. As of February 9th (as reported by Spinner), the filmmakers — Soletti, Todd Hughes, and P. David Ebersole — were seeking fan funding through Kickstarter; however, their original goal of $15,000 has been reached. After reaching the $15k in a week’s time, they are now seeking to raise $25,000. No date has yet been set for the release of the documentary.
The documentary will apparently focus on Schemel’s time as the drummer for Hole, as most of the footage she produced is from that era. Schemel, however, has a long history in the Northwest punk community, as well as on the national music scene — prior to Hole, she performed with Kill Sybil and Doll Squad, and has since performed with Juliette and the Licks. (Also, unbeknown to most, she performed for a short time with our very good friend Raegan Butcher in the band Pale & Skinny. Verbicide‘s parent company, Scissor Press, released a super-limited edition CD of their discography, and it features Patti’s earliest known recordings, dating back to 1986. Only 200 CDs were pressed, so if you want a copy — *plug plug* — you can pick it up here.)
Also included in the documentary are interviews with her family, Hole bandmates, Nina Gordon (Veruca Salt), and Kate Schellenbach (Luscious Jackson, Beastie Boys). Rare footage of Kurt Cobain is also included.
For more information, visit the documentary’s official site: www.pattydoc.com. Here’s a trailer, prefaced with an appeal for funding from the filmmakers: