BETTER THAN SOMETHING is a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific garage rock icon Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr, better known to the world as Jay Reatard. This intimate portrait, captured just months before his untimely passing, brings us incredibly close to Jay's complicated punk-rock world in Memphis, Tennessee. BETTER THAN SOMETHING eloquently interweaves cinéma vérité, interviews, and archival concert performances, and features scenes from an insightful and candid week spent with Jay, who reveals personal childhood stories and the struggles of life in Memphis.
2011, USA, 89 MIN, Feature Documentary.
Directed, Shot & Edited by Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz.
List of Screenings & Theatrical Engagements!
February 28: Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC
February 28: The Earl, Atlanta, Georgia
March 1: The Holland Project, Reno, NV w/ LIVE MUSIC!
March 2-8: Nitehawk Cinema, Brooklyn NY
March 2-8: Grand Illusions Cinema, Seattle, WA
March 2-8: Clinton Street Theatre, Portland, OR
March 2-8: Malco Studio on the Square, Memphis, TN
March 8-11: Egyptian Theatre, Los Angeles
March 9-10: Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA
March 10-12: The Filmbar, Phoenix, AZ with LIVE MUSIC Destruction Unit!
March 15: Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH - ONE NIGHT
March 19: Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Austin, TX - ONE NIGHT
March 22: Kings Barcade, Raleigh, NC
March 24: Chattanooga, TN
April 11-12: Roxie Theatre, San Francisco, CA
March 30 - April 4:
The Texas Theatre, Dallas, TX
CFCR 90.5 FM Annual Membership Drive!
Broadway Theatre, Saskatoon, SASKATCHEWAN
The Garrison, Toronto, ONTARIO
Roxie Theater, San Francisco, CA
Sun-Ray Cinema, Jacksonville, FL
OPENING NIGHT SELECTION!
Calgary Underground Film Festival, Calgary, ALBERTA
Blue Sunshine, Montreal, QUEBEC
Artisphere Dome Theater, Washington, DC
The Englert Theatre, Iowa City, IA
MORE SCREENINGS TBA!