Posted in To Do | movies | music on November 8, 2011

by Bill Pearis

The Jay Reatard documentary Better Than Something shows tonight (11/8) at the IFC Center at 8:30 PM. (It also showed this past Friday.) The film began as a short film to help promote Jay's final album, Watch Me Fall, but directors Ian Markiewicz and Alex Hammond decided to expand it to a feature film before his untimely death last year. IFC.com interviewed Markiewicz and Hammond about the film:

IFC: Your film started out as a short called "Waiting For Something." At what point did you realize that you had enough for a feature?

AH: At first they were like, "This is going to be like an EPK," but Jay didn't want a typical EPK. It started out as an eight to 10 minute piece, and then when we came back we said, "Holy shit, we don't have a 10-minute short, we have a film here."

IM: He kept bringing up this "warts and all" idea. He was like, "This has to be raw and rough." He kept saying things like that, and it turned out like that because he wanted to unload his whole story. He just really unleashed. That's the only word for it.

IFC: Obviously the nature of the project changed after Jay passed away. Did you begin seeking out his friends and family members immediately afterward?

AH: The moment we heard about his death, we weren't thinking about the film. Two months later, his friends were doing a big tribute show for him at South By Southwest.

IM: To be honest, I felt like, I don't know if I can handle looking at that stuff right now. It felt very dark at that point. And people were saying, you guys really have to be down here for this show. It kind of snuck up on us, like, "Okay, I guess we're doing this now." When we started doing it, you could just feel how palpable the emotion was coming off everybody. The wrong thing to do would be to wait a bunch of years, and then do something, when everybody's feelings weren't as strong. It seemed more in the spirit of what Jay did, being in the heat of the moment.

Before tonight's screening there's a pre-show party at Other Music starting at 6:30. Golden Triangle's Alix Brown DJs and there's complimentary PBR. No word on a DVD release date yet. Trailer for Better Than Something is below...

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Better Than Something: Jay Reatard trailer

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Comments (27)

no one cares

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:24 PM

Just like no one cares about you. #goplayintrafficpls

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:29 PM

oh no. i really hope people don't bring hashtags to BV.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:36 PM

You don't speak for me 12:24 fuckwad.
Go act important somewhere else.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:41 PM

The alternate title was: Kids, This Is Why You Shouldn't Do Coke

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:42 PM

He's still dead, right? Good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:42 PM

Coke. It does a Billyburger eatin' fool good.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:54 PM

does anyone still listen to his music? he was a dick, he was prolific and had a couple of good tracks but ultimately forgettable.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 12:57 PM

Jay Reatard had more talent in the short hair onto which his dingleberries clung than you will ever hope to achieve 12:57. You should abandon all hope for that "breakout track" you've been working on for the last 5 years.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 1:00 PM

Is this artwork by Raymond Pettibon or is it a blatant rip-off??
If it's the latter - what the fuck?

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 1:03 PM

I'm sorry he's dead, but please let's not pretend he wasn't a huge, huge douchebag.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 1:39 PM

FEEL BAD FOR THE POOR BASTARD WHO WASTED HIS HARD EARNED MONEY ON THIS FILM, unless of course his daddy gave him the money. :(

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 1:45 PM

1:03 - it's a Blatant rip-off!

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 1:46 PM

1:03 are your words a blatant ripoff of Mark Twain since he arranged the same words in a similar configuration before you did?

#imitationisthesincerestformofflattery

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 2:02 PM

I thought Sonic Youth came up with that art work style?

HA! I keeed, I keeed, my Billyburger eatin' fuckers.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 2:34 PM

I was just going to say "I wish he was dead", and now I see here he is. Wonderful news! Thanks!!

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 2:57 PM

hammer i miss you.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 3:27 PM

#hashtag

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 3:42 PM

I met him and hung with his band once. i gotta admit, as crazy as they all are, they were really nice guys.

Posted by gonegardens | November 8, 2011 5:04 PM

I can say with 100% confidence that the people who are talking shit about Jay will NEVER DO ANYTHING THAT MEANS ANYTHING TO ANYBODY!

Put up or shut up.

Link us to your music.
Link us to your art.
What do you add to this world that means anything to anyone?

You might not like Jay's music, and he made a lot of it, but did you ever think not everyone shares your opinion?

What do you do other then be a negative waste of life.

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 6:31 PM

Blood Visions is punk rock classic.

Posted by parkx | November 8, 2011 6:58 PM

nobody's perfect. he was great and i'm sad that he died

Posted by Anonymous | November 8, 2011 11:07 PM

it's tragic yet beautiful never having to age.....jay is a frog now. i know, i'm tapped in.

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 12:43 AM

What exactly have you shit talkers contributed to the music world? I would love to know!

Posted by Anonymous | November 9, 2011 9:39 AM

Rest in Punk Jayjay

Posted by Anonymous | December 17, 2011 6:45 AM

hammer i miss you.

Posted by Articles | February 9, 2012 8:11 AM

this is quite cool

Posted by jordon | August 12, 2013 3:58 PM

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