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The Nevermind Year/L'année Nevermind

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(46 minutes, SD, Colour, 4:3, 2004)

"A quiet look at the life of Kurt Cobain switches keys when the filmmaker finds himself delving into his own psyche."

"Un regard discret sur la vie de Kurt Cobain change de clé lorsque le cinéaste se retrouve à plonger dans sa propre psyché."

- Lia Rinaldo, past Director of the Atlantic Film Festival

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Featuring (in order of appearance)

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DR. KUMAR

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IAN

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NANI AND GRANDPA

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GLORIA

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CLOMIPRAMINE

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BRANDON

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GRANDMA

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GRANDPA

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MOM AND DAD

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LOGGING TRUCKS

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GUY WHO MOVED INTO SEATTLE PROPERTY WHERE KURT DIED.

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BONUS FOOTAGE

Canadian twin rockers Tegan and Sara outline the power of music.
 
This previously unreleased footage was filmed in 2002 inside the storage room of a Montreal club as part of the documentary THE NEVERMIND YEAR which explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain and filmmaker Steven James May's own quest for fulfillment.

Canadian media personality George Stroumboulopoulos shares his thoughts on Kurt Cobain and the music of Nirvana with filmmaker Steven James May.

This previously unreleased footage was filmed in Toronto in 2002 as part of a documentary entitled THE NEVERMIND YEAR which explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain and May's own quest for fulfillment.
 
More information and DVD copies of THE NEVERMIND YEAR are available in the Shop.

Kurt Cobain biographer Charles R. Cross shares his insight into the bonds that young people forge with their rock star heroes.

This previously unreleased footage was filmed in 2002 in Seattle, U.S.A. as part of the documentary THE NEVERMIND YEAR which explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain and filmmaker Steven James May's own quest for fulfillment.

More information and DVD copies of THE NEVERMIND YEAR available in the
Shop.

Canadian musician Julie Doiron, pictured with her baby daughter Rose, recounts her discovery of the band Nirvana and her response to Kurt Cobain's suicide.

This previously unreleased footage was filmed in Montreal, Canada in 2002 as part of the documentary THE NEVERMIND YEAR which explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain and filmmaker Steven James May's own quest for fulfillment.

More information and DVD copies of THE NEVERMIND YEAR available in the Shop.

Philip May, brother of filmmaker Steven James May, shares his thoughts on "Kurt Cobain as Role Model" during target practice in the woods of Ontario, Canada.

This previously unreleased footage was filmed as part of the documentary THE NEVERMIND YEAR which explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain and filmmaker Steven James May's own quest for fulfillment.

More information and DVD copies of THE NEVERMIND YEAR available in the Shop.

When asked about his thoughts on Kurt Cobain's suicide, Christian televangelist and founder of 100 Huntley Street, David Mainse, responds.

This previously unreleased footage was filmed in Halifax, Canada in 2002 as part of the documentary THE NEVERMIND YEAR which explores the relationship between the suicide of punk-rock icon Kurt Cobain and filmmaker Steven James May's own quest for fulfillment.

REVIEWS

The Coast

Feb 17-24, 2005

The Nevermind Year (independent)

By Mark Palermo

The past decade has done nothing to diminish Kurt Cobain's icon status, and the idolatry comes naturally to Halifax filmmaker Steven James May.

The musician killed himself when May was 19, and the impact of his death on May was profound.

So profound, in fact, that May began to have doubts as to whether he likewise wouldn't survive his twenty-eighth year. A selected documentary of the 2003 Atlantic Film Festival, The Nevermind Year comes to DVD in a nicely comprehensive package that's surprising for something of its DIY roots.

May delivers a thorough commentary track explaining, among other things, how he lit scenes with desk lamps. As the movie arcs on May's diagnosis with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the project collides personal expression and narcissism.

But The Nevermind Year excels in highlighting the way life in which experiences are passed on from artists to the fans that identify with them.

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The Daily News

December 30, 2004

"New on DVD: The Nevermind Year"

By Scripps Howard

Halifax filmmaker Steven James May, an aging Nirvana fan, explores the relationship between punk-icon Kurt Cobain's suicide and his own quest for fulfillment in his 28th year. "Steven James May is a character", wrote HFX's Skana Gee about the film when it premiered at the Altantic Film Festival last year. "Not a larger-than-life character like his idol, Nirvana rocker Kurt Cobain, but the kind of character who sums up his mental-health progress by saying 'I did ask a girl to dance last weekend'. In this Cobain-inspired documentary, the Halifax filmmaker traces his year-long attempt to outlive Cobain by turning 28. May is up front about his mixed feelings toward the singer, whose suicide had a major impact on him. He's also impressively candid about his own battle with extreme anxiety."

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The Chronicle Herald

April 27, 2004

"May's Nevermind Year screens tonight"

Steven James May's documentary examines the effect of Kurt Cobain's suicide on a generation of young people. Along the way, May who used his own reactions to the rock star's death as a starting point for the film, discovers he's obsessive compulsive.

While Cobain's shadow looms large over the narrative, the filmmaker's own struggle to survive his crucial 27th year becomes paramount. An intriguing, deeply moving story of personal perseverance, The Nevermind Year is a look at the contemporary mindset of twenty-somethings and their ever-changing world which screened at last year's Atlantic Film Festival