Since Justin Townes Earle is performing at tonight's premiere of The Last Mountain at The Belcourt, I thought to myself, "Hey, that's a good enough excuse to post about it on the Cream!" Then I saw that it's sold out — probably at least partially because filmmakers Robert F. Kennedy and Bill Haney will be in attendance. But hey, the film — which is about mountaintop removal and looks to be especially intriguing — is showing through Monday, and Scene news editor Stephen George had a chat with Kennedy and Haney for last week's paper. An excerpt:
Kennedy: Really, the only way to win this battle is democracy. If you blew up a mountain in Colorado or New York, you'd be put in jail right away. And you'd never get a permit for anything else. People would think you're criminally insane. But they can bury 2,500 miles of rivers and streams, and blow up 500 mountains, and nothing happens because nobody finds out about it. A new, refreshing dose of indignation and outrage is exactly what this needs.
So yes, tonight's showing is sold out, but it does have a little to do with music, and there's music in the film, and, and ... You know what? I don't care if it fits in extremely well with the Cream's m.o. Good film, good read, interesting cause, deal with it.