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A feature documentary about pop music's greatest cult phenomenon, Big Star.
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BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME to be released by Magnolia Pictures in the US this July!

Posted by Drew, Danielle & Olivia (Creator)

Hello Kickstarter friends!

Sorry for the radio silence but after a very successful festival run last fall we've been VERY busy bees securing distribution for the film and as you may have heard Magnolia Pictures recently acquired BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME for theatrical and VOD release starting July 3rd!

Here are the confirmed theaters so far:

July 3rd - IFC Center, NYC

July 5th - Nuart, LA

Magnolia will be booking many more theaters in the coming months so please stay connected with us via Facebook, Twitter and the Magnolia Pictures site:

Like Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me!

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Twitter: @BigStarStoryDoc

We also know you're all anxiously awaiting for your DVDs and we expect those to be ready this fall so as soon as we have those in hand we'll send those out to all you DVD backers

Another bit of exciting news to share is that Omnivore Recordings will release a limited-edition vinyl soundtrack for the film on Record Store day!

Here's some additional info about the release from Omnivore

Omnivore Recordings will release tracks from various musicians and notably, a limited-pressing vinyl collectible: The soundtrack to the long-awaited feature-length Big Star film documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me will be available in a special, limited edition (4,000 worldwide) 180-gram, two-LP translucent yellow vinyl pressing ahead of its standard release configurations.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Original Soundtrack): After years in the making, the band’s story will finally hit the big screen in the feature-length documentary Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me (Magnolia Pictures), coming to theaters this summer. An official selection of the SXSW Film Festival (2012), winner of the Best Documentary at Indie Memphis (2012), and a hit at the BFI London Film Fest and DOC NYC, the film chronicles Big Star’s initial commercial failure and subsequent critical acclaim, further solidifying the enduring legacy of one of pop music’s greatest cult bands. Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me traces their origins and history — from 16-year-old Alex Chilton skyrocketing to stardom in the late ’60s with the Box Tops and their #1 hit “The Letter,” to the serendipitous meeting of Chilton and local Memphis singer-songwriter-guitarist Chris Bell, through the tumultuous recording of the landmark albums #1 Record, Radio City and Third, culminating with the group’s implosion due to failed record sales, personal breakdowns, and the death of Chris Bell in 1978.

Those three records (all of which are on Rolling Stone’s list “Top 500 Albums of All Time”) have become critically lauded touchstones of the rock music canon. A seminal band in the history of alternative music, Big Star has been cited as an influence by R.E.M., The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith, Wilco, Beck, Jeff Buckley, and The Flaming Lips, to name just a few.

With never-before-seen footage and photos of the band, in-depth interviews, and a rousing musical tribute by some of the bands they inspired, the film is a story of artistic and musical salvation. The Omnivore Recordings soundtrack captures the essence of the documentary and plays like audio version of the film, featuring all previously unissued versions of classic Big Star, Chris Bell and Alex Chilton songs. The soundtrack includes 21 previously unheard period mixes, new mixes made specifically for the film, and alternate takes and demos.

For this special, limited, first-edition Record Store Day pressing, the double LP will be released on 180-gram RTI HQ translucent yellow vinyl (download card included), with mastering by Larry Nix at L. Nix Mastering. The project was overseen by the documentary’s executive producer, John Fry, at Ardent Studios in Memphis. The additional standard configurations (CD, CD/DVD deluxe, double-LP standard weight black vinyl and digital) will be available at a later date to be announced. 

And last but not least we'll be screening the film in several spring film festivals so if you live nearby we hope you can come out and see the film!

BIG STAR: NOTHING CAN HURT ME - Film Festival screenings: 

Full Frame Film Festival - Raleigh, NC

Sunday April 7th at 7:30pm

*Special performance preceding screening by the Fellow Travellers, featuring Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Django Haskins, Chris Stamey, and other guests, singing a selection of Big Star songs, including original string-quartet arrangements from the third album, "Sister Lovers." Plus filmmaker Q&A

Florida Film Festival - Maitland, FL

April 8th at 9:15pm

April 12th at 9pm

Sarasota Film Festival - Sarasota, FL

April 12th at 4:45pm

April 13th at 8pm

XPN Music Film Festival - Philadelphia, PA

April 13 at 4:15pm

CIMMFest - Chicago, IL

April 19th at 10pm

Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival

April 20 (ticket link not available yet)

And for all our international backers we're working very hard to secure distribution all over the world and we hope to share distribution news with you soon!

For our Canadian backers we're excited to announce that the film will be released by KINOSMITH in all the major cities in Canada this July! More details soon. 

Thank you friends! We cannot wait to share the film with all you wonderful Kickstarter backers. 

And if you have any questions feel free to contact us here or at

- Danielle, Drew & Olivia


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    1. Drew, Danielle & Olivia 2-time creator on

      Sorry Russell but our distributor Magnolia Pictures hasn't announced an official release date yet but it should be sometime this fall - maybe November?

      We know it's been a long time since you pledged but we will circle back to our our backers to get updated addresses for the DVDs once they're ready. So keep your eye out from an email from us sometime in October.

      Thanks so much again!


    2. Russell Loasby on

      Hi, can we please get an update on when the DVD's may get shipped out?

      Also, since such a long period of time has passed, I have since moved house, is there a way to change what my postal address is for when the DVD's finally get sent out?

      Thank you.