Below directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton ("Rock School," "The Art of the Steal") share a scene from their rousing music documentary, "Last Days Here." It premiered at last year's SXSW Film Festival and comes out March 2 via Sundance Selects (March 16 on VOD).
"Last Days Here" is a film about Bobby Liebling, a fifty-something-year-old rocker who, with the help of friend/fan/manager Sean "Pellet" Pelletier, tries to pull himself out of his parents' basement despite decades of drug addiction and trouble. It’s the unbelievable true story about a man at the crossroads of life and death.
In this scene, Bobby and Pellet clearly state their goals and come up with a plan to help Bobby escape the sub-basement.
The interesting thing about "Last Days Here" is that our main characters really have two separate visions for the future. Pellet envisions a sort of musical redemption for Bobby — one final, glorious performance before he keels over from the toll that sex, drugs and rock-n-roll have taken. Bobby, meanwhile, is looking for a resurrection of sorts—a reclamation of his life and an attempt to make up for time lost to his addiction.
This moment really propels the movie forward and adds a layer to the film we hadn't expected. When you set out to make a documentary you have no road map so you really need to be open to the surprises that real life throws at you. At this point, the stakes were much more than playing that one final show, or attaining that moment of glory… The stakes were life and death. As the film moves on, much of Bobby and Pellet's journey is spent trying to figure out what salvation really means, and what role the power of music will play in that.
We love this scene because only Bobby and Pellet would wager a stack of old (amazing) vinyl as a crack deterrent, which also provides some levity to a really distressing situation. No matter how they envision the future, both characters realize that drugs are one of the main hurdles to overcome.
It's also great to watch this scene knowing that, however these guys envisioned Bobby's future, neither of them could have predicted in their wildest dreams what would happen.