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Bob and the Monster

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll? Yes. But in the case of Bob Forrest, frontman of L.A. post-punk band Thelonious Monster, the story comes with the added twist of redemption and healing. Featuring testimony from Courtney Love, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and other key 90's musicians who reigned amid Doc Martens and baby doll dresses, Keirda Bahruth's Bob and the Monster chronicles the raucous life and times of the music icon. The Hollywood Reporter wrote that in Bahruth's hands, the film uses "drug addiction not as human-freakshow fodder but as the starting point for a provocative argument about treatment strategies."

Tracing Bob's extraordinary life, from a traumatic childhood event through decades of poverty, Bob and the Monster follows the typical rock 'n' roll story of a rise and drug-induced fall from fame. But life changes drastically and Bob's road to sobriety takes surprising turns that allow him to bounce back from the bottom and move in a direction no one could have expected.

Stunning Liquid TV-style claymation and never before seen archival performances paint a picture of a man picking up shattered pieces and becoming a committed addiction advocate. Celebrity radio personality Dr. Drew said of Bob Forrest, "I've watched his development from being somebody who had a solid program of recovery who was just trying to be of assistance, to somebody who has a very sophisticated understanding of the complexities of neurobiological, psychiatric, and addiction elements in this disease."

See the transformation. Stay for the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

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