Twenty years after his death, Kurt Cobain, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of Nirvana remains a rock music icon. This fully authorized, mixed-media portrait blends Cobain’s personal archive of artwork, journals, music, and previously unseen home movies with animation and interviews with his family and friends to reveal the detailed inner workings of an artist at odds with his surroundings. Eight years in the making, this raw and visceral journey through Kurt Cobain’s life explores his punk rock convictions in a montage of hope laced with despair. More than just a must-see for Nirvana fans, it’s a penetrating look at an artist’s mind, from its first creative awakening to its untimely demise. [mature]
Director’s Statement: Brett Morgan
In 2007, Courtney Love approached me because she’d seen The Kid Stays in the Picture, and she said, “We have all this art of Kurt’s and no one’s really ever seen it, and there’s so much more to him than people knew.” Kurt’s art and his audio really lent itself to the way I approach nonfiction. You start when he’s three, and you see the idealism and the hope in those illustrations, and you can see by seven that the darkness starts to come in. I think he had an ideal childhood until he was about three, and spent the rest of his life trying to get back to that feeling.