During our recent webcam chat (watch below), Brett Morgen (watch below), the director of the Emmy-nominated documentary “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” reveals about how Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, rather than his widow Courtney Love, became involved with the project. “We knew we couldn’t have Courtney be attached because of the stigma she brings and she understood that.”
The documentary explores the life of the Nirvana leader via home video footage and interviews with his family as well as his artwork and journal, Bean, who served as an executive producer, told Morgen, “the best way to pay tribute to Kurt is to make an honest and unflinching movie.”
That certainly paid off as the documentary reaped seven Emmy bids in all, including four for Morgen as a producer, director, writer and co-editor. It also contends for cinematography, sound editing and sound mixing.
He readily admits to being thrilled by this bonanza, recalling how his last documentary, “Crossfire Hurricane,” earned nominations for all concerned except him. This one-time Oscar nominee (“On the Ropes,” 2000) says he is particularly honored to be nominated for Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Special as he “can’t think of an Oscars or Emmys with a showcase of this much fantastic non-fiction work.”
Watch our full interview below.
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Photo: “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck ” poster. Credit: HBO/Everett/REX