“Last Days Here” tells a story of Bobby Liebling, lead thespian of a cult tough rock/heavy steel rope Pentagram. Frozen for decades in his parents’ basement, Bobby’s song is finally detected by a complicated steel underground. With a assistance of Sean “Pellet” Pelletier, his crony and manager, Bobby attempts to overcome years of addiction, loneliness, and damaged dreams. Intimate, raw, and suddenly funny, “Last Days Here” portrays a unimaginable tour of a male during a crossroads of life and death. [Synopsis pleasantness of SXSW]
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“Last Days Here”
Director: Don Argott, Demian Fenton
Producer: Sheena M. Joyce
Cast: Bobby Liebling, Sean “Pellet” Pelletier
Cinematographer: Don Argott, Demian Fenton
Editor: Demian Fenton
Responses pleasantness of “Last Days Here” directors Don Argott and Demian Fenton.
Finding a “true” collaborator…
Argott: “Last Days Here” is a fourth underline length documentary together. 9.14 Pictures was innate in 2003, when my partner Sheena Joyce and we motionless to make a initial documentary, “Rock School”. It was by that plan that we came to accommodate Demian Fenton who edited “Rock School”. We collectively fake a bond that has gotten stronger with any project. It’s extraordinary when we can find loyal collaborators that are all invested in creation a best film probable and we feel impossibly advantageous that we’ve been means to continue to make films together. we feel like we’ve only scratched a aspect of what we’re able of.
A uninformed perspective…
Fenton: In terms of being lured into filmmaking – we saw a few docs that altered my viewpoint on a medium: “Harlan County USA,” “Brother’s Keeper,” and “Sherman’s March.” Seeing these films during a ideal time in my life was totally inspiring. Somehow it done all seem possible… You could put a tiny organisation together and tell a many absolute story with a many extraordinary characters in whatever impression we chose wished. In many ways docs seemed some-more liberating than novella film, with outrageous budgets, vast crews, actors, etc. After carrying worked on underline documentaries for a while, we comprehend it is genuine to consider that we only squeeze a camera and whip adult a unequivocally absolute film – though we consider that a DIY suggestion stays during a heart of many documentaries – unequivocally “Last Days Here.”
Fenton: we had detected Pentagram’s song a while ago, and had also listened many of a barbarous Bobby Liebling tales. After a few beers one night during a feeble attended steel show, we was introduced to Sean “Pellet” Pelletier. At that indicate Pellet had been assisting Bobby with his career for a bit. we asked him if he’d deliver me to Bobby and pitched him a suspicion of a documentary. We went down and shot some fasten of Bobby in his parent’s groundwork where he was living. We left meditative to ourselves that there was no approach this man was going live prolonged adequate to go on any form of journey. We weren’t meddlesome in documenting Bobby simply destroying himself. Bobby solemnly started creation changes, he had a few low-pitched opportunities early on that never unequivocally came to fruition, though kept us interested. Slowly though certainly we all changed forward; Bobby with his life, and us with a film.
Crafting a “true impression piece”…
Argott: This was a singular plan for us since there was a duration of time when we weren’t certain it was going to volume to anything. We had been bustling creation dual other films, “Two Days in April” and “The Art of a Steal”, and when things would occur with Bobby that we felt we should capture, Dem customarily would collect adult a camera and shoot. This continued for 3 years and we had finally amassed an extraordinary volume of footage, and during that indicate were assured that we indeed had a makings of a unequivocally engaging story. Our idea all along was to make a loyal impression square and we trust we succeded in that.
Fenton: Yeah. We never set out to make a “rock doc.” Although a story of Pentagram plays a partial in Bobby’s story, we were always meddlesome in capturing a benefaction day journey.
Argott: The biggest plea for this film was perplexing to dedicate a time to it that it deserved. Since we self-funded it, it became formidable to fit it in between other projects that had appropriation in place. Ultimately, we don’t consider this plan could have come together any other way.
Talk about intense…
Fenton: The initial day we met Bobby he was in a unequivocally severe place. We arrived on an intensely prohibited day and he sealed us in this tiny room as he proceeded to fume moment for hours. The early scenes in a film are from that initial day. Pellet was holding a cot for Bobby as he was digging around for moment and during one indicate he suspicion he might have gotten pricked by a wandering needle. Bobby was grabbing broken cd-r’s off of a dirty building and beating them openly to try and purify them so they would play in his machine. It was a flattering heated knowledge for all of us. Every time we watch that footage, we can’t trust how things incited out.