April 18, 2012, 7:00 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], Well Go USA Entertainment and Variance Films invite you and a guest to a special preview screening of

Hit So Hard: The Life and Near-Death Story of Drummer Patty Schemel

Directed by P. David Ebersole
Produced by Todd Hughes and Christina Soletti
Followed by a Q&A with P. David Ebersole

7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
The Ray Stark Family Theatre
George Lucas Building, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Opens in Los Angeles on Friday, April 20th, 2012

About Hit So Hard

HIT SO HARD: The Life and Near-Death Story of Drummer Patty Schemel is a behind-the scenes portrait of what has been dubbed the unlucky 13th Generation, told through one woman’s amazing journey. In HIT SO HARD we follow the rise and fall and recovery of Patty Schemel, an openly gay female drummer who can rock with the best of them, most notable for her remarkable artistry in Courtney Love’s seminal rock band “Hole.” And it hopefully offers inspiration for its audience to embrace the redemptive power of facing your demons to find your place in what can feel like a hostile world.

HIT SO HARD uses filmed video interviews with Patty, friends, family and colleagues mixed with unbelievable never-before-seen footage actually shot with Patty’s hi-8 camera while on tour and while living with Courtney and Kurt just before his terrible suicide. It is literally an all-access backstage pass to Patty’s hard won triumph over the pressures that brought others close to her down, but also to the forces an entire generation continues to battle as they grow beyond their “baby bust” legacy.
Through seeing Patty’s personal struggle unflinchingly close-up and first-hand, HIT SO HARD is, equally profoundly, about the generation she represents: the forgotten, discarded youth that became so closely associated with the grunge music revolution. A direct result of suffering through the Reagan-Bush era, the 20-somethings of the 1990s felt unseen and disenfranchised. The disheveled look and the angry driving music that their heroes played became the defining symbols of an angst-filled generation. While an increasingly conservative America routinely dismissed them as a youth culture adrift in a self-indulgent slovenly lifestyle, liquor and drugs offered escape from the pain and rage that lay below the plague of apathy spreading through these young people’s lives.

As a young girl who always knew she was “different” from the other kids in her farm town home outside of Seattle, Patty never dreamed she would one day have her picture on the cover of “Rolling Stone.” But she also never fathomed that she could lose it all. A true survivor of what we now know was the disaffected “slacker” generation, Patty found herself, like her friend Kurt Cobain, drawn to the dark side of alcohol and drugs, on a downward spiral from which there seemed to be only one exit. Thrown out of bands and forced to sell everything including her drum set to support her habit, Patty seemed doomed to follow in the footsteps of the scores of musician friends of her era that lost their lives to the deadly combination  of ennui and addiction.
But Patty woke up one morning, next to her shopping cart in the empty lot she now called “home,” on the corner of Temple and Alvarado. She was sick of fighting every day just to survive and strong enough to ask for help from the family she had long ago left behind. Patty’s story serves as a wake up call and an inspiration to anyone who has fallen into the grip of hopelessness and self-doubt. It is a heart-wrenching account of a woman, Patty Schemel, who managed to regain her self respect, find love, and embrace her musical talent as the one constant that to this day keeps her alive and kicking.

Provided courtesy of Well Go USA Entertainment and Variance Films. Not Rated. Running time: 103 minutes.

To learn more about the film and to view the trailer, click here.


About P. David Ebersole (writer/director/producer)

Singled out a decade ago by Filmmaker Magazine as one of "25 New Indie Faces," writer/director/producer P. David Ebersole likes to joke that he is one of the "25 Tired Old Indie Faces." David recently made his prime-time directing debut with DESIRE, the first American telenovela on the new Fox-owned My Network TV and also directed their hit follow-up novella, WICKED WICKED GAMES starring the inimitable Tatum O'Neal. David's first feature, STRAIGHT RIGHT, premiered as an original cable movie on Sundance Channel; and he co-produced STRANGER INSIDE (HBO), directed by Cheryl Dunye, produced by Jim McKay, Michael Stipe and Effie Brown, which debuted at Sundance and was nominated for four Spirit Awards. He is co-writer/co-producer of THE NEW WOMEN, starring cult superstar and muse Mary Woronov, released theatrically in Canada through Vagrant Films.  
Proud to be a "lesbian filmmaker," short films include The Ebersole Hughes Company collaborations, SWIMMING, DING DONG and HUBBY/WIFEY; and David is the producer of the Berlin Int'l Film Festival Teddy Award winner, 2/3, directed by Richard Press. As a student writer/director, David scored a rare "double-header" winning both Best Undergraduate Film & Director at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts for his project LOVER MAN and the Franklin J Schaffner Award for Best Film/Director at the American Film Institute for  his multiple award-winning M.F.A. thesis, DEATH IN VENICE, CA.
David was founding Artistic Director and Festival Director of the Silver Lake Film Festival, he mentors in Film Independent's "Project:Involve" program, and he has taught film/video production at Pitzer College, Chapman University and USC School of Cinema/TV. Though he is proud to have directed documentary segments for LAWSON LIVE on the Hallmark Network (for legendary Reverend Jim Lawson, a close colleague of Martin Luther King Jr), HIT SO HARD is his first feature length documentary.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain. The weekly screenings will be on Wednesday and Sunday nights (and other select dates, as they arise) in the School of Cinematic Arts Complex, George Lucas Building.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $8.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in outdoor Lot M or V, or Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Please note that Parking Structure D cannot accommodate tall vehicles such as SUVs. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago
Email: aago@cinema.usc.edu