Cure For Pain: The Mark Sandman Story

Gatling Pictures


Cure for Pain explores in poignant detail the life and work of Mark Sandman, deceased frontman of the Boston “low rock” band Morphine. Sandman, whose hard-working band gathered a devoted international fan base, left an indelible imprint on the American music landscape of the 1990s. Apart from revisiting the “unique and sultry sound” of Sandman’s music, the film digs deeper, and explores the meaning of family through his personal anguish at the loss of his two brothers.

The pursuit of Sandman’s turbulent story has led filmmakers Robert G. Bralver, Jeff Broadway and David Ferino to New York, Boston, San Francisco, Los Angeles, London and Rome. Among those appearing in the film are members of the Sandman family, Seth Mnookin (Vanity Fair), Nic Harcourt (Los Angeles Times, KCRW), Steve LaBate (Paste), Ben Harper, John Medeski, Les Claypool (Primus), Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and members of Morphine: Dana Colley, Billy Conway and Jerome Deupree.

Cure for Pain was released July 3rd on DVD by Gatling Pictures as a Two-Disc Collector’s Edition Box Set. It features the multi-award winning film, extended interviews with prominent cast members, an in-depth look at Palestrina, Italy, and a CD with 10 never-before-released Sandman tracks spanning his illustrious career. The film is also being released in Portugal/Brazil by Vigilia Filmes, in Benelux by Living Colour, and on digital platforms worldwide by Cinetic/FilmBuff.


Since its first public screening in February 2011, Cure for Pain has been invited to participate in more than 30 film festivals across a dozen countries, including the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival (Durham, NC), Leeds International Film Festival (UK), DOC NYC, Noise Pop (San Francisco), Filmer la Musique (Paris), the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Canadian Music Week (Toronto), IFFBoston, UNICEF Blue Week (Talinn, Estonia) and Sound Unseen (Minneapolis). The film has also garnered international press attention from major publications, including Blackbook Magazine and Vanity Fair.

  • Two-Disc Collector’s Edition Box Set
  • Extended interviews with prominent cast members, an in-depth look at Palestrina, Italy
  • CD features 10 never-before-released Sandman tracks spanning his illustrious career

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