Like Big Star’s music, it was great, joy-making, and a little sad. I was lucky enough to be able to contribute (very) little to the making of it, and became friends (a little), with the movie’s producer.
Readers of the blog know my feelings about Big Star, and was so glad to see this thing happen, and unlike anything that happened during the life of the benighted band, it was at the festival’s largest venue, and its first sell-out.
Big Star’s story is like that of the Titanic. A hundred sub-plots, each one worthy of its own movie. I’m sure everyone wanted to see all the footage that was shot, but that will have to wait for the Blu-Ray.
At the end of the screening, John Fry (founder/owner of Ardent Studios, where Big Star recorded), and Jody Stephens, Big Star’s drummer, and sole surviving original member spoke briefly. They seemed like the nicest guys in the world, and it made me very happy that they got to see first-hand, an inkling of how many people’s lives they’ve touched, made better, healed.
Cool Bonus Footage!