We Were Famous, You Don’t Remember: The Embarrassment

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Director

Daniel Fetherston, Danny Szlauderbach

Producer

Daniel Fetherston, Danny Szlauderbach

Country

USA

Runtime

96 min

Accessibility

Limited Mobility Access

Special Screening!
One Night Only, July 27!
Q&A with Director Daniel Fetherston Moderated by WPRB DJ Jon Solomon 

Ignited by punk’s invasion of the Great Plains, America’s gawkiest and greatest lost rock band battles conformity in Reagan-era Kansas. The Embarrassment played Chicago, D.C., and New York, drawing the attention of influential figures like Allen Ginsberg, John Cale, and Jonathan Demme — but their independence and refusal to sell out sparked tension within the group and kept mainstream success at bay. Through original interviews, restored concert footage, and appearances by fans including Evan Dando, Freedy Johnston, Grant Hart, and Thomas Frank, this documentary shows how The Embarrassment rose out of nowhere to become a post-punk legend that’s almost been forgotten — until now.

WE WERE FAMOUS, YOU DON’T REMEMBER: THE EMBARRASSMENT is the long-awaited feature documentary about America’s gawkiest and greatest lost rock band.

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