"Bob and the Monster", a documentary exploring rocker Bob Forrest and his metamorphosis into a drug addiction counselor, was released on September 2. The film premiered at the South By Southwest Film Festival in 2011, and the film is going to play at the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam this November. The film is now available for download on iTunes. DVDs and Blu-Rays can be ordered now and will be shipped on October 1.
The journey to completion of "Bob and the Monster" spanned six years. The film's director, Keirda Bahruth, got her start shooting behind-the-scenes footage at Saturday Night Live for three years before moving on to reality television, directing and producing shows such as Hell Date and Blind Date. Forrest was the lead singer of Thelonious Monster in the 80's Los Angeles music scene, alongside bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Fishbone. Instead of gaining fame, Forrest became dependent on heroin. After conquering his own addiction demons, Forrest started Hollywood Recovery Services to help others battle their dependencies.
Bahruth tells the story of Bob Forrest through a mixture of stop-motion animation, archival footage and interviews. Courtney Love, the Chili Peppers' Anthony Keidis & Flea, and former Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland are among the many musicians featured in the film. Former Thelonious Monster band members KK Barrett and Jon Huck provided a lot of footage, and the advent of video cameras and music videos in the 80's exposed Bahruth to a lot of super 8 footage.
"Bob and the Monster" will be screening at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood on September 25. Bahruth and Forrest will be in attendance for a discussion after the film. Since debuting on iTunes last week, "Bob and the Monster" currently sits at number 7 on the Top Documentary list on the popular media store.