For a certain segment of indie rock, Big Star were as important as the Beatles. After being all but ignored in the early ’70s, the Memphis group received something of a second life thanks to dogged appreciation by bands like the Replacements and R.E.M. Big Star’s commercial failure is held up as both a cautionary tale and a badge of honor, reflecting the group’s lightness and darkness in equal measure.
Because of all this subtext, the band is certainly a meaty prospect for a documentary. Enter Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me, a feature-length film that takes a look at the group’s career and influence on another generation of musicians. The film recently had its world premiere in London, and now it comes back to the States for a premiere on Nov. 10 at 9:45 PM at the SVA Theater in New York as a part of the DOC NY Film Festival. Former Big Star drummer (and final remaining member) Jody Stephens will be in attendance, as will the band’s engineer John Fry. The two will take part in a Q&A following the screening along with the filmmakers. Below, watch a trailer for the film, and head to the film festival’s website for more information on the screening.