TVD Radar: 1990s Columbus, Ohio music scene doc That Looks Fun! streaming now

VIA PRESS RELEASE | Don Giovanni has just released That Looks Fun, a documentary by filmmaker Jake Housh that gives movement to the sounds of deceased singers Jenny Mae and Jerry Wick (Gaunt) who both died tragically while combating their own demons. Both of their stories are chronicled in Bela Koe-Krompecher’s memoir Love, Death & Photosynthesis published by Don Giovanni Records and has just celebrated its second printing in a smaller paperback edition.

With That Looks Fun director Housh uses archival footage from the 1990’s Columbus, Ohio music scene with interview snippets with Bela that weaves the self-destructive story of Jenny Mae whose life went from being on the cusp of signing with EMI records to being homeless in just a few short years (Jenny Mae died in 2017 are a long struggle with alcohol and mental illness), as well as that of Jerry Wick who died tragically while riding his bicycle in 2001.

Housh, whose Oregonia Pictures has worked with both music artists as well as other documentaries, uses his own personal connection with Bela, Jenny, and Jerry to tell the brief but impactful lives Jenny and Jerry had on Bela who works as a social worker in Columbus after getting sober shortly after Jerry’s death. Housh’s familiarity (he is a songwriter in the long-running Columbus band, Moviola) helps the short film tell their stories with respect and bravery along with splashes of humor that all three friends enjoyed.

This documentary is being released to coincide with the Jenny Mae record What’s Wrong With Me: Singles and Unreleased Tracks out on September 30th via Anyway Records and Don Giovanni Records. It is a compilation of Jenny’s earliest recordings, singles and her final song “Not Another Bad Year.”

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