Courtney Love will reunite with the original members of her band, Hole on Monday in New York City. Eric Erlandson, Melissa auf der Maur and Courtney Love will be in Manhattan with drummer Patty Schemel at a screening of Hit So Hard, a film about Schemel. The new documentary by P. David Ebersol premiered last week in Austin at the South by Southwest Film Festival.
The New York City premiere is set for MoMA on Monday at 6 p.m. at the New Directors/New Films Festival. A limited number of tickets to the premiere are on sale now.
WIth never before seen footage and home movies, Hit So Hard starts inside the lives of Hole’s band members, capturing the stellar rise of the group in the 90s and then its dramatic collapse. Backstage, aboard their tour bus and at home with Courtney Love and Kurt Cobain, the documentary paints a poignant portrait of the tortured life of a troubled young group of musicians.
It also offers a rare insight into a role rarely filled by a woman: rock star drummer.
Challenged by tragedy and drug use in the wake of the suicide of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in 1994, the band lost bassist Kristen Pfaff to an overdose just as they were achieving worldwide attention for their signature album, Live Through This. By the time their 1998 album Celebrity Skin was released, drummer Patty Schemel was on the outs while facing her own drug problems. Not long after, she was homeless on the streets of Los Angeles.
The band officially broke up in 2002 with just three albums to their credit.
Ebersole’s Hit So Hard features candid footage and original music by Hole, following Patty Schemel as the battles back from the precipice of personal tragedy.
More about the film is available on the New Directors/New Films website.
Pictured: Drummer Patty Schemel (center) with original Hole band members (left to right) Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson and Melissa auf der Maur in an archival photo.