Noted rock photographer Danny Clinch has completed work on "Pleasure and Pain," a Ben Harper DVD documentary tentatively due out by Thanksgiving from Virgin. The 90-minute film blends concert clips fr
Noted rock photographer Danny Clinch has completed work on "Pleasure and Pain," a Ben Harper DVD documentary tentatively due out by Thanksgiving from Virgin. The 90-minute film blends concert clips from North America and Europe with an array of off-stage footage, including interviews with Harper's grandparents in his childhood hometown of Claremont, Calif.
"It's not a concert film," Clinch stresses. "It's not just on the road, or on the tour bus. It really goes beyond that." Clinch says some 20 Harper songs are woven throughout the film, but only a handful, including "Please Bleed," "Faded," "Steal My Kisses," "The Woman in You," and "Power of the Gospel," are presented in near-complete forms. The song "Burn to Shine" will run over the movie's end credits.
Initially, Clinch -- who has no previous filmmaking experience -- did all the shooting himself with "a Super-8 camera I got at a flea market for $1." Eventually, his studio assistant, Gary Ashley, and editor/co-director Sam Lee signed on to the project as well. "Sam came into the project toward the end of shooting and helped me in a huge way to develop the storyline," Clinch says. "She was instrumental in tying everything together."
Clinch is hoping to submit "Pleasure and Pain" to a variety of film festivals, and would like to see the film make the rounds on college campuses, where Harper has a subtstantial fan base. Theatrical screenings in major markets are also a possibility.
Harper is currently on tour in Japan and will hit the European festival circuit through late July. His lone North American appearance during that span will be July 3 at Milwaukee's annual Summerfest.