SF Jewish Film Festival music docs examine violin wunderkinds, Orthodox hip-hop artists, and Ben Lee
Though Ben Lee was born in Sydney, Australia some 77 years later, his musical journey — traced in fun, frenzied, colorful doc Ben Lee: Catch My Disease — mirrors Heifetz's in certain ways. His first bout with fame also came at an early age, as a precocious tween in '93 with his band Noise Addict. He went on to achieve higher levels of attention as a solo artist, steadily releasing poppier albums throughout the late '90s and early '00s, but never again reached as wide an audience outside of Oz (where he is a bona fide superstar).
Catch My Disease features interviews with '90s mainstays and enduring entertainers like Thurston Moore (who discovered Lee as a child), Beastie Boy Mike D (who signed him to Grand Royal), actor Winona Ryder, and former girlfriend Claire Danes; Lee emerges as a well-rounded, exuberantly talented musician, always chasing a seemingly unattainable level of success.
SAN FRANCISCO JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
July 19-August 6, most shows $12
Various Bay Area venues
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