Imogen Putler & Monika Baran | United Kingdom, 2019 | 78 min | English
Co-presented by AmTech/Duplication.ca
R. Stevie Moore, the singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed recluse who proved all you need to put out an album is a bedroom and a tape recorder, has in recent years finally come to enjoy recognition outside his small following of mail-order tape-collecting diehards. The son of Elvis and Roy Orbison’s session bassist, Moore took to music-making early and wasted no time getting his stuff out there. His discography spans four decades, 400 self-distributed albums, and genres including power-pop, post-punk, indie rock, experimental, and electronic. His signature lo-fi production has been a major influence on countless artists, including subsequent collaborators Tim Burgess and Ariel Pink. Despite Moore’s canonization among connoisseurs as a peerless musical genius, financial success has continued to elude him. Cool Daddio catches up with Moore, broke, in poor health, and yet, still working. Featuring rare archival video recordings, privileged access to Moore himself, and interviews with the likes of Ariel Pink, David Shrigley and Mac DeMarco, Putler and Baran’s film is a fitting tribute to an artist who deserves to be a household name.