Lydia Loveless sets her sights on the big screen
Lydia Loveless has spent the bulk of her young career tackling the stage, but for her next move she could be heading for the big screen.
The Columbus singer-songwriter, who released the career-best Somewhere Else in 2014 and spent a bulk of the last year touring relentlessly in support of the album, is set to be the subject of the latest documentary from filmmaker Gorman Bechard.
Bechard, who previously directed rock-docs on the Replacements ("Color Me Obsessed"), Archers of Loaf ("What Did You Expect?"), and Husker Du drummer/songwriter Grant Hart ("Every Everything"), recently launched a Kickstarter to help fund the project via whoislydialoveless.com. As of late January, the campaign, which runs through March 18, had raised more than $10,000 of its stated $27,500 goal.
"To me [Loveless] is the daughter Paul Westerberg and Lucinda Williams never realized they had. She is rock & roll. She embodies the chaos that makes for a great live performance," Bechard wrote in an email. "And I think that's what I want to show in the film, every side of hermusical character. How she can be everything to everyone. How she has a song for every occasion."
The proposed documentary, titled "Who Is Lydia Loveless?," should offer a revealing look behind-the-scenes at the making of the singer's next album (filming would take place throughout the writing and recording process). Additionally, Bechard intends to examine issues ranging from the pressures of being a woman in the male-driven world of rock 'n' roll to the difficulty of making a living in the music industry.
Loveless was attracted to the project in large part by Bechard's passion for the band (he has written extensively about the musician on his website over the last year).
"I would say what appealed to me is that Gorman really seems to 'get' what we're trying to do," Loveless wrote in a Facebook message. "He's passionate about the true spirit of rock and roll, [and] he's excited about the unexpected nature of our live shows. He's not concerned with pigeonholing me as an artist or us as a band, so I'm confident he'll portray me and the band honestly and well."
Assuming everything goes to plan, the documentary could screen in theaters by early next year, though Bechard did offer a few words of caution on the film's Kickstarter page.
"Documentaries take on lives of their own," he wrote. "In a perfect world, the film will be done and playing festivals in early 2016. But this isn't a perfect world. So worst case, it takes a little longer than expected … and the film will only be better for it."
Watch a live performance of "Come Over" in the video below: