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to Preview Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

The SXSW Film Festival announced this week that they will show a special Sneak Preview of the forthcoming Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a feature-length documentary about the legendary cult band Big Star.

The directorial debut of Drew DeNicola, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me will screen as an Official Selection as a work-in-progress at SXSW at the Paramount Theater on March 15th (exact time TBD) with an all-star tribute show to Big Star’s influential Third album to follow the sneak preview of the film.

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feature-length documentary about legendary Memphis band Big Star. While mainstream success eluded them, Big Star’s three albums 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 artists including REM, The Replacements, Belle & Sebastian, Elliott Smith and 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 the bands they inspired, Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a story of artistic and musical salvation.

The film was produced by Danielle McCarthy (who is also the Manager of Publicity & Marketing at Magnolia Pictures), Drew DeNicola, whose ongoing documentary project Natural Soul Brother: The Original Black Radio DJs was a finalist at the IFP Market 2007, and longtime costume designer (Shortbus, Cadillac Records) turned first-time producer Olivia Mori.

The Executive Producers include John Fry, who started Ardent Studios where Big Star recorded their three seminal records, which Fry also engineered. Spirit Award Producer of the Year nominee Gill Holland also serves as Executive Producer. Holland is a partner at The Group Entertainment.

“We are beyond excited to show this special sneak preview of Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me at this year’s SXSW,” said Producer Danielle McCarthy. “In many ways we’re coming full circle here, as we filmed the very first tribute concert to Big Star at SXSW after Alex Chilton’s untimely passing in 2010. We’re also thrilled to be included in the live Big Star’s Third show with so many of the artists who were inspired by Big Star.”

More info on the film can be found at

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