CURE FOR PAIN: THE MARK SANDMAN STORY (Robert G. Bralver, David Ferino). 84 minutes. Saturday (March 12), 8 pm.
This portrait of Morphine main man Mark Sandman is a fitting tribute to the charismatic talent who died of a heart attack while on stage in 1999.
Morphine, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, were a unique mix of drums, saxophone and Sandman's slide two-string bass, which created a unique, sexy groove and a perfect accompaniment for Sandman's sultry vocals.
This documentary tracks Morphine's rise in the 80s and features appreciations from fans, including Ben Harper and Les Claypool. But what's more fascinating is Sandman's relationship with his family. He left home as a teenager and failed to fully reconnect with his parents, who couldn't appreciate his artistry, never having seen him play.
He was the third of three sons that his parents buried - a tragic narrative that almost takes over this movie. In fact, Sandman's mother, Guitelle, who's written a sad memoir, deserves a movie of her own.