Nashville filmmaker Seth Pomeroy, along with producer Shawn Girvan, is currently at work
on a feature-length documentary entitled Couldn't You Wait: The Story of Silkworm
. The film is in production and in need of additional funding. Donations are being accepted here
. Pomeroy and Girvan answer a few questions about their project, after the jump.
An example of how criminally underappreciated the Silkworm were, even in their heyday: back in 1999, the band played the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle—their hometown at the time—and were told that only "national touring acts" were entitled to comp meals, even though they were on Matador Records at the time and had toured extensively for years. Also, a note for those who may not be familiar with the Silkworm story: drummer Michael Dahlquist was killed outside Chicago in 2005, along with two friends, by a woman attempting to commit suicide by crashing her car into theirs. Steve Albini's remembrance
is worth reading.
Nashville Scene: I guess the first question, really, is: why?Shawn Girvan:
We really love the band Silkworm. But, that is a short and silly answer. The real answer is that a little while after Michael died, Seth called me and said he wanted to make a documetary about SKWM. I worked with Heather Whinna at Second City at the time and she happened to be Steve Albini's girfriend, so I asked her what she thought about the idea. She told us to email Tim Midgett and Seth did. We met with him a month later and the rest is history. After our first month of interviews with fans and friends we realized that this story needed to be told. Seth Pomeroy:
It's important to me that Silkworm be remembered beyond their era of rock music. To me, they were the most unique, interesting band of the "indie rock" scene and it was always insane to me that most people had no clue about them. The idea of this documentary had entered my mind on occasion but it wasn't until Michael's death that I realized we had a purpose for making it. We started in August of last year and we haven't let up yet. NS: How has the fundraising been going?Girvan:
Since the trailer came out out, the fans have donated. But, donate more. We will finish no matter what.Pomeroy:
It's been amazing. Up until this point we've been kind of funding it out of our own pockets so it's really nice to have reassurance that what we are doing means enough to someone to want to donate. People are really great sometimes, aren't they?NS: Who's been your favorite interview so far?Girvan:
A guy named Ike Turner. He is a real skwm fan and he was the man who put together the skwm tribute record which is definitely worth checking out. But, everyone has been great. Gotta love Malkmus. Pomeroy:
I'd have to say the very first one we did, Steve Albini. There were all kinds of schedule conflicts, mic problems, and awkward moments, I was just so relieved that we got through it. Also, it's been such a pleasure being in the company of the guys in the band and their family and friends, it's really hard to single anyone out. NS: Doesn't John Lee kinda remind you of James Dean?Girvan:
Yes, an Asian James Dean. John Lee is a real nice guy. I'm not sure if James Dean was. Pomeroy:
John Lee IS James Dean.NS: This is unfair, of course, but I keep thinking of
We Jam Econo. Is that a reference point for you at all?Pomeroy:
Surely it is! I was a big fan of that movie and the methods those guys used to make it. We have definitely taken the same approach but one thing that I hope sets our film aside from other "rock documentaries" is that the story is being told in a way that extends beyond the band and its music, and tells the story of three men growing up together from teenagers to men, over seventeen years and three states. Few rock bands have that kind of history.NS: Is any of the production work going to take place in Nashville?Pomeroy:
Most of the post-production will take place in Nashville but none of the interviews will. (Unless Toby Keith is a SKWM fan, then we'll consider it.) But I can't get away with answering this question without saying that I have had so much help from the Nashville film commmunity, I'm forever in debt to these people. Believe it or not, there are some really strong filmmakers in this town and I'm happy to call most of them my friends. Without them, I wouldn't have been able to have gotten this far. In other words: props to my homeys.