Sticks and Stoned
Hole drummer Patty Schemel lets loose in new documentary
Hit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel is a cinematic rollercoaster that reveals the story behind the famed lesbian drummer's struggles with addiction.
Schemel is best known as the hard-hitting, barefooted drummer of Hole, who played with Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson, Melissa Auf Der Maur and Kristen Pfaff from 1992 to 1998.
Schemel was asked by a friend about a dusty box of old Hi8 tapes she noticed sitting in the closet. On those tapes, Schemel rediscovered more than 40 hours of personally shot footage of her tours with Hole—as well as the evidence of her worsening drug addiction.
Ebersole detected a 'really great story of survival' within the tapes. Schemel suggested they turn the material into a film in 2007 with assistance from Ebersole’s husband, the filmmaker Todd Hughes, and Schemel’s then-girlfriend (now wife) Christina Soletti, a TV producer.
This year they sought to finish financing the film so they could take it to film festivals with a $15,000 Kickstarter campaign. As they approached their goal, pop super-producer Linda Perry heard about the campaign—and kicked in the balance, plus an extra few grand.
In addition to masterfully edited highlights from Schemel's tapes, Hit So Hard offers candid interviews from family, friends and former band members; quirky musicians like the lesbian icon Phranc; and legendary female drummers like Gina Schock, Kate Schellenbach and Debbi Peterson.
Though there are many dark moments, you’ll want to laugh rather than cry at the witty, honest and funny ways Schemel recollects her past.