Price: $350.00

    Code: 2451

    Directed by Keirda Bahruth
    2012, 85 Minutes
    Purchase: $350 | Classroom rental $125

    This award winning documentary follows outspoken indie-rock hero Bob Forrest, through his life-threatening struggle with addiction, to his transformation into one of the most influential and controversial drug counselors in the US today - appearing alongside Dr. Drew Pinsky on the shows "Celebrity Rehab" and "Sober House.".

    The film combines contemporary footage, animation and compelling interviews with archival performances and personal videos from Bob's past to reveal the complex layers of this troubled, but hopeful soul.

    Testimony from his peers, including Courtney Love, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, John Frusciante, members of Jane's Addiction, Fishbone and Guns n' Roses add texture, but it's the depth of Bob's music, interwoven throughout the film, that illuminates this unforgettable and inspirational story.

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    Festivals & Awards

    Official Selection, SXSW Film Festival
    Official Selection, Hot Docs Film Festival
    Official Selection, Silverdocs Film Festival
    Official Selection, International Film Festival Amsterdam


    “An engaging portrait, peppered with plenty of music and archival footage.”

    “An ultimately uplifting doc. Taking the Behind the Music rise/fall/comeback format to deeper, more soulful places, Bob and the Monster begins with a sad tale of blown showbiz opportunity but, for once, uses drug addiction not as human-freakshow fodder but as the starting point for a provocative argument about treatment strategies.”
    Hollywood Reporter

      "Offering an interesting portrait of one man's triumph over addiction and subsequent good work, this is recommended ."
    Video Librarian

    “A fascinating and inspiring voyage from "drunk rock" to "punk rock therapy. This moving recovery story will rock you, in more ways than one.”
    Library Journal

    "Engagingly portrays the unraveling and renovation of a man that realized his intravenous fantasies and became overcome by the destruction that ensued... The film highlights the possibility of healing and personal revolution sans preaching or cliché...While the film offers entertainment and moments of levity, it also presents topics to spark scholarly exploration in varied disciplines relating to bioethics, health, and substance abuse... Highly Recommended or high school through general adult level viewers."
    Educational Media Reviews Online


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