Published February 17, 2005.The Nevermind Year (independent)The past decade has done nothing to diminish Kurt Cobain’s icon status, and the idolatry comes naturally to Halifax filmmaker Steven James May. The musician killed himself when May was 19, and the impact of his death on May was profound. So profound, in fact, that May began to have doubts as to whether he likewise wouldn’t survive his twenty-eighth year. A selected documentary of the 2003 Atlantic Film Festival, The Nevermind Year comes to DVD in a nicely comprehensive package that’s surprising for something of its DIY roots. May delivers a thorough commentary track explaining, among other things, how he lit scenes with desk lamps. As the movie arcs on May’s diagnosis with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, the project collides personal expression and narcissism. But The Nevermind Year excels in highlighting the way life in which experiences are passed on from artists to the fans that identify with them.—Mark Palermocategories: Canadian artist

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