For The Hollywood Reporter, Thomas K. Arnold checks in on the status of AJ Schnack’s Kurt Cobain About a Son, which has been acquired for DVD release by Shout Factory. The film also opens theatrically starting early next month. Shout will release the SXSW 2007 doc in February. From the THR article:
Shout Factory COO Bob Emmer said he screened the film during the South by Southwest Film Festival and “was mesmerized. I definitely wanted to be involved. This film has a unique style and texture that provides great insight into this artist and rock icon. Unlike other docu-features, this is Kurt Cobain’s story, narrated by Kurt in his own words.”
In the film, Cobain recounts his own life, from his childhood (happy, until his parents divorced) to his struggles as an adolescent with everything from manic depression to chronic stomach pain. Cobain also talks about his own musical discovery and lends a voice to the growth and development of the celebrated grunge movement that also spawned bands like Pearl Jam.
“The legacy of Kurt and the music of Nirvana is reminiscent of the legendary days of rock ‘n’ roll toward the close of the 1960s and into the ’70s,” Emmer said. “Interestingly enough, Kurt Cobain is one of the most Googled rock icons today. His music is still so important to so many people. It’s hard to imagine the musical landscape without the contribution of Kurt Cobain.”