Wednesday July 12 | 22:00 | Town Hall Theatre

2023 | United States | 90 mins | Documentary

Winner of the SXSW 2023 Audience Award for the 24 Beats Per Second screening section, an up-close cinematic walkabout through the life of Gary Young, the original (and highly unlikely) drummer of indie rock royalty Pavement. His booze and drugs-fuelled antics (on-stage handstands, gifting vegetables to fans) and haphazard production methods (accidentally helping launch the lo-fi aesthetic) were both a driving force of the band’s early rise and the cause of his eventual crash landing.  

Leaving a wake of joy and/or destruction at every turn, Gary teeters the thin line between free-form self-expression and chaotic self-destruction. 30 years on with scoliosis, blood clots, and a shrivelled liver, Gary is still drumming with no regrets.  

Note: no puppets were harmed in the making of this film. 

European Premiere | Post-show discussion with Producer Brian Thalken 

Director(s): Jed I. Rosenberg
Writer(s): Jed I. Rosenberg, Greg King
Producer(s): Jeffrey Lewis Clark, Brian Thalken, Kelly Thomas
Cast: Gary Young, Scott Kannberg, Stephen Malkmus, Bob Nastanovich, Mark Ibold, Chris Lombardi, Adam Harper

Principal funder