If there’s one thing we love at Nitehawk (besides horror movies, stiff drinks, and good food) is music. In addition to our Live Sound Cinema and Country Brunchin’ events we’ve been known to show a great music documentary or two. Remember xxx All Ages xxx the Boston Hardcore doc and The Story of Rock ‘n’ Roll Comics? Well, this fall we’re showing two fantastic independent documentaries that tell the inspiring, tragic, and historic tales of two very influential bands.

First in October it’s…MY CAREER AS A JERK (Dave Markey, 2012)
Midnights: Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20

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In the 1980s an explosive group of motivated and aggressive youth created the uniquely diverse Los Angeles hardcore punk scene. In his latest documentary, My Career as a Jerk, Director Dave Markey traces the thirty-year history one of the bands to emerge during this time, the Circle Jerks. From their partying ways to their on-again, off-again status, this film shows the triumphs and downfalls of these controversial American punk rock legends.

Featuring: Keith Morris, Greg Hetson, Lucky Lehrer, Earl Liberty & Zander Schloss and live footage of the Circle Jerks shot by Markey in the early 80s as well as live performances with Roger Rogerson, Chuck Biscuits, & Flea and interviews with Henry Rollins, J Mascis, Brian Baker, Greg Graffin, & Lisa Fancher.

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And then in November we have CURE FOR PAIN: THE MARK SANDMAN STORY (Robert Bralver and David Ferino, 2011)
Brunch: Saturday, November 17 and Sunday, November 18

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An intersection in Cambridge, Massachusetts, only a stone’s throw from Harvard University and steps from rock scene landmark Middle East Club, reads “Mark Sandman Square.” This sign is both triumph and tragedy: a celebration of a local band receiving deserved cultural significance and a public tombstone to an artist who dared front a band called Morphine.

Cure for Pain: The Mark Sandman Story explores the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of the Boston “low rock” band Morphine. Drawing on previously unseen home movies, photos, archival footage, and intimate, revealing interviews with family members and musical contemporaries, the film offers a unique portrait of the man behind the music. Among those appearing in the film are members of the Sandman family, Seth Mnookin (Vanity Fair), Nic Harcourt (Los Angeles Times, KCRW), Ben Harper, John Medeski, Les Claypool (Primus), Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and members of Morphine: Dana Colley, Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree.