comscore
 
 

BETTER THAN SOMETHING: JAY REATARD DOCUMENTARY TRAILER

Check out the official trailer for this exceptional documentary about prolific and controversial Memphis-based punk musician, Jay Reatard, who died tragically and unexpectedly in 2010 at the age of 29. Better Than Something paints a fascinating portrait of the complex artist at the height of his self-made career.

Directed by Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz.

jay reatard on stage image

ABOUT BETTER THAN SOMETHING: JAY REATARD (2011)

better than something jay reatard documentary poster
Better Than Something is a feature documentary about the controversial and prolific rock musician Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr., better known 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.


To expand on their short film Waiting for Something, filmmakers Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz returned to Tennessee to interview his friends, family and colleagues in the immediate aftermath of Jay’s abrupt death. Better Than Something eloquently interweaves cinema verite, interviews and archival concert performances, and features candid footage from an insightful and candid week spent with Jay, who reveals personal childhood stories and the struggles of his life in Memphis.


Tirelessly devoting his entire life to music, Jay Reatard has become a garage rock icon, having created a massive discography spread out over dozens of singles, EPs, and full-length albums released on labels like Matador, Fat Possum and In The Red. A relentless live performer, Jay toured the world with dozens of bands including The Reatards, Lost Sounds, Bad Times, Persuaders, Cheap Time, The Pixies, Spoon, Beck and many more. A devoted - and often times notorious - fixture in his hometown of Memphis, Jay celebrated the city’s long-standing history of American music, and his vast body of work provides a rich contribution to the enduring musical legacy of Memphis.

 

MEET THE FILMMAKERS

alexandria (alex) hammond

ALEX HAMMOND

Producer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor


Alexandria Hammond is a Mexican-American filmmaker based in New York City who has dedicated herself to documentary films for the past several years. Her feature documentary debut, Children of Haiti, aired on PBS’s Independent Lens in January 2011. Hammond has worked as cinematographer and editor on various projects, such as; Albert Maysles's Close Up: Portraits (co-editor) and Dominick Dunne: After the Party (cinematographer). Her films have screened at various festivals around the world, including The Museum of Modern Art, Hamptons Film Festival and New York Film and Video festival.  She recently completed a second feature, Better than Something: Jay Reatard, and is currently shooting a new film in Mexico City. Alex is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts.


ian markiewicz

IAN MARKIEWICZ

Writer/Director/Cinematographer/Editor


Ian Markiewicz is a New York based independent filmmaker. In addition to various freelance projects (such as Random House's Memorial for Norman Mailer), he has collaborated with documentary pioneer Albert Maysles as co-director and editor since 2006. Their work, including The Beales of Grey Gardens (co-director), The Rolling Stones: Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out! 40th Anniversary (co-director), and ESPN’s 30 for 30: Muhammad and Larry (editor), has screened in cinemas, festivals and on television around the world. His feature documentary Better than Something: Jay Reatard premiered in 2011, and he is currently in production on a new film in Mexico City. Ian is a graduate of New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. 
 

IMAGES FROM BETTER THAN SOMETHING

better than something jay reatard documentary image 1
better than something jay reatard documentary image 2
better than something jay reatard documentary image 3
better than something jay reatard documentary image 4
better than something jay reatard trailer
thefreestylelife.com

SUPPORT

TRIBE

MUSIC

ARTISTS

HOME

FILM

PROGRAMMING

TRAILERS

STORE

APPAREL


itunes sell music
sign up for the freestyle life newsletter and updatesquantcast
Loading

NYC FESTIVAL PREMIERE!

Midnight Rock Docs

IFC Center 323 6th Ave, NYC

Friday November 4 at Midnight - BUY TICKETS

Tuesday November 8 at 8:30 pm - BUY TICKETS

Filmmakers Alex Hammond & Ian Markiewicz, with special guests Adam Shore (Jay's manager) and Alix Brown, (friend/bandmate, Angry Angles), will be in attendance.

NEWS AND REVIEWS:

Better Than Something: Jay Reatard may be the best rock doc since Dig (IFC)

Q&A: Alex Hammond and Ian Markiewicz (L.A. Record)

Variety

SF Weekly

Nashville Scene

FESTIVALS & SCREENINGS

Nashville Film Festival 2011

Filmer La Musique #5

NxNE 2011

AFI Silver DOCS 2011

DOC NYC 2011