According to a recent post on Facebook from Ben Weasel, the Screeching Weasel documentary What We Hate has been shut down. In a statement posted to Facebook, which you can read below, the movie and Weasel Crew lost contact and began to take different sides on the issue of the final cut. Now keep in mind that the below statement is directly from Ben so take it with a grain of salt.
Hey gang, a few of you have been asking about the SW documentary we’ve been working on for a while now. We hadn’t heard anything from the crew for months so Owen e-mailed them in June to ask what’s up and they indicated that they’re bummed out about the film and don’t really want to do it anymore. Which is just as well because they were making a film that was very different from the one they agreed to make when we first spoke 2 1/2 years ago. They kept telling me one thing and doing another, so I only agreed to continue with the project in April of last year when they gave me final cut approval. Now they’re saying they can’t make the film if I have final cut approval. I wish they’d told me that before signing the agreement – it would’ve saved everybody a lot of time and headaches. The final straw came when the assistant director of the film started making snide comments about me and the band right here on our Facebook page. That tells you everything you need to know about what kind of movie they’ve been making. I imagine this is what high school would’ve been like if I’d actually attended more than occasionally. Sorry to have gotten everybody’s hopes up. I thought we were all on the same page. I was wrong.
The film was supposed to be released in 2011 and got as far as releasing a bunch of clips on their website, but as you probably know, the last two years in the life of Screeching Weasel have been fairly interesting to say the least. If/when there’s a response from the filmmakers we’ll be sure to post it.