FishbowlLA was lucky enough to check out a VIP screening of Lev Anderson and Chris Metzler‘s film Everyday Sunshine: The Story of Fishbone last night at the Bootleg Theater. The film made its debut last year at the LA Film Festival, but since Anderson and Metzler are releasing it themselves, it’s only making its way to a general audience a year later. The film opens tonight in LA at the Laemmle Sunset 5.
Everyday Sunshine, if you haven’t heard, is the story of the great LA band Fishbone–of their stunted rise and multiple near collapses over their 25-year history. The filmmakers followed the band for nearly three years, and were even able to land interviews with former guitarist Kendall Jones--who left the band in 1993 to join an alleged religious cult and hadn’t been seen or heard from since.
The band’s two surviving original members Angelo Moore and Norwood Fisher were in attendance last night for a Q&A after the film. Front man Moore had by far the best line of the night: “I’ve tried to sell out a bunch of times. It didn’t work. It doesn’t work. So you might as well just be yourself.”