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'Hit So Hard' Creates Hole Reunion: "We're Here Because Patty's Alive"

Schemel's emotions evolved as they continued the project. "When we started shooting her in 2007, she was two years' sober," Ebersole said. "She was afraid and embarrassed, ambivalent toward Hole and unsure if she was ready for forgiveness."

The film's final act sees the demise of Hole as a band, after Schemel was asked not to play on the album "Celebrity Skin." The film portrays producer Michael Beinhorn as the orchestrator of her exit; during the screening, Love -- who, like the rest of the band, was seeing the film for the first time -- yelled at the screen several times when Beinhorn came on screen.

At the post-screening Q&A, Love said she worked with Beinhorn producer on her last album: "He's still a Nazi." She then asked Schemel if she would have left the band over the rift if they weren't all a part of Gen X, obsessed with authenticity and individuality. The question was clearly rhetorical, a chance for Love to think out loud and to begin understanding what happened between them all.

While Ebersole clearly appreciated the audience's rapturous response, he was just as pleased by the reactions of those closest to the material. "It was a relief to show it to Patty's brother and have him say 'You hit it right on the head,'" Ebersole said. "Having the band members witness the breakup from Patty's side, I think that was an incredible opportunity.

"The film was a part of their healing process," Ebersole said. "All up to the point of what happened last night, they had not talked about those issues for 10 years. As Melissa [auf der Maur] said, 'We're not here for Hole, we're here because Patty's still alive.'"

 

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