WFU Hosts Screening of Grunge Movie, “Hype!”

“Hype!,” a new film documenting Seattle’s “grunge” movement, will be shown in a special advance screening at Wake Forest University Thursday, Jan. 23, at 10 p.m. in Benson University Center’s Pugh Auditorium.

The film will be released in theaters across the country this spring and has already received positive reviews in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times and Entertainment Weekly.

Produced by Steve Helvey and directed by Doug Pray, the movie includes concert footage of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam and Nirvana, as well as 20 other bands that helped create “the Seattle sound.” Shot with multiple cameras and recorded in 24-track digital sound, “Hype!” also includes extensive commentary from the musicians.

“One of the lessons of the movement and our movie is that if you ignore what is popular or commercial and keep doing what you think is good, you can end up reaching a wide audience anyway,” said Pray. “Perhaps one of the reasons why this music became so successful was that it never wanted to be.”

Helvey, the producer, will lead a discussion following the film. He is the cousin of Jay Helvey, a 1981 Wake Forest graduate and member of the College Board of Visitors.

The screening is co-sponsored by Wake Forest’s Alumni Activities Office and the Student Union. Admission is free. For information, call 759-5697.

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