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, Elliot 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.
Written & Directed by DREW DENICOLA
Co-Directed & Produced by OLIVIA MORI
Produced by DANIELLE MCCARTHY
Executive Producer JOHN FRY
Executive Producers DAVID ARMILLEI, GILL HOLLAND
Co-Produced by BRIAN SPROUSE
Edited by CHRISTOPHER BRANCA, DREW DENICOLA
AMY J. BOYD
ALAN PETSCHE & BONNIE PETSCHE
JEFFREY K. MILLER
Director of Photography
Additional Audio Mixer
Music engineered at Ardent Studios by John Fry, Adam Hill, and Kevin Nix
“For anyone already curious, THE FILM DELIVERS THE GOODS.” – Stephanie Zacharek, Village Voice
“A fine documentary on the classic-rock era's greatest cult band.” – Will Hermes, Rolling Stone
“A HEARTFELT TRIBUTE TO THE CRIMINALLY OVERLOOKED BAND.” – Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
“A deserved tribute that puts us inside the music, and the head space, of a great, lost band. A well-sourced account of a perfect, broken dream.” – Nicholas Rapold, NY Times
“The film is almost as perfect as the music. I give it my highest recommendation.” – Whitney Matheson, USA Today
“A skillfully rendered narrative that should satisfy fans and pique the interest of the uninitiated.” – Robert Abele, LA Times
“****” – Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News
"The filmmakers find the perfect tone for the band’s story, and Nothing Can Hurt Me is as warm and melancholy as a setting sun... an overdue but fitting epitaph"
-Lindsay Zoladz, Pitchfork
“GRADE A PLUS! Whether or not you are familiar with the band or their music, this movie will fill you with a rare kind of musical euphoria. You’ll love it.” - Cole Smithey.com
“IT HAS THE POWER OF A POP MYTH.” - J.R. Jones, Chicago Reader
“It tells their story with loving care in a doc that will be embraced by generations of music nerds who can't imagine a world without them.” – John DeFore, Hollywood Reporter
“Both a smart, definitive documentary and the ultimate love letter to its subject.” – John Beifuss, Memphis Commercial Appeal
"The movie is brilliant-a boon to Big Star fans, as well as an indispensible primer for anyone who ever has wondered what artists such as the dB's, R.E.M., Matthew Sweet, the Bangles, the Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, This Mortal Coil, the Posies and literally thousands of others found so inspiring."
"The movie is destined to be a seminal rock doc in the canon, and one that will bring Big Star to a new generation of fans."
"Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is a feisty, moving tribute."
Ain't It Cool News
“The execution is first-rate…should satisfy both long-term acolytes and those newly curious of Big Star’s timeless artistry.”
The Skinny (UK)
“Directors Drew DeNicola and Olivia Mori have gathered an impressive amount of memorabilia on the band and captured some amazingly insightful, funny, and sometimes heartbreaking commentary.”