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Directed by Marz Evans

United States 2015 82 mins.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame disc jockey Marco Collins became a radio star in the 1990s, serving as the inaugural music director at Seattle’s commercial alternative station, 107.7 The End, and helping to launch world-renowned acts like Nirvana and Beck. Identifying with punk rock in his teens, he found his way to radio just as the grunge movement was beginning to emerge. Numerous musicians, including Mike McCready (Pearl Jam), and Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie), credit him for helping launch their bands into the mainstream consciousness and establish Seattle as a world music center. Gay at a time when the music scene wasn’t quite as accepting as it is today, Collins plunged from his golden era on radio into a less-glamorous world of odd jobs and stints in rehab. In Evans’ stirring portrait, he emerges bloodied but unbowed, a true Northwest music hero.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.