“Some Days Are Better Than Others” at the Hollywood Theater 3/25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Los Angeles, March 22, 2011 – Palisades Tartan announced today that SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS, Matt McCormick’s debut feature, which stars Indie rock talents James Mercer from the Shins and Carrie Brownstein, vocalist/guitarist for Wild Flag and the now defunct Sleater-Kinney will open the Hollywood Theater in Portland on March 25th before opening wider across the country.

Brownstein can also be seen on PORTLANDIA, the new IFC Original short-based comedy series created, written by and starring Brownstein and Fred Armisen from Saturday Night Live.

Recently selected to play New Directors/New Films, the prestigious film series organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS has also played the AFI festival in Los Angeles, The Portland International Film Festival and SXSW.

SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS is McCormick’s poetic, character-driven debut feature-length film that asks why the good times slip by so fast while the difficult times seem so sticky.

“You will not see a film with more indie rock cred” writes the Seattle Stranger.

The film explores ideas of abundance, emptiness, human connection and abandonment while observing an interweaving web of awkward characters who maintain hope by inventing their own forms of communication and self-fulfillment. It’s a sad valentine to the forgotten discards of a throwaway society, and a story about knowing when to hold on, and when to let go.

Based in Portland, Oregon, McCormick is an artist and award winning filmmaker whose work crosses mediums and defies genre distinctions. He has had three short films screen at the Sundance Film Festival and has had work exhibited at Art Basel, The Moscow Biennial, and the Museum of Modern Art. His film THE SUBCONSCIOUS ART OF GRAFFITI REMOVAL was named in ‘Top 10 film lists of 2002’ in both Art Forum Magazine and the Village Voice.  McCormick has als directed several music videos, including Australia and The Past and Pending for The Shins, Jumpers for Sleater-Kinney, See a Penny Pick it Up for YACHT, and The Motion Makes Me Last by Eluvium and the now infamous Hall-and-Oates inspired alternate version of The Ghost Inside for Broken Bells.   He has also worked and collaborated with artists including Miranda July, Al Burian, and Calvin Johnson.

The soundtrack for Some Days are Better than Others was written and created by Matthew Cooper, who performs under the band name Eluvium and has released several acclaimed albums on Temporary Residence records.


Palisades Tartan has emerged as one of the premier distributors of independent and arthouse cinema in the US and UK and has been on the forefront of consumer trends.  Straddling both continents, their film line-up boasts an impressive repertoire in the UK including the Ingmar Bergman library, Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE.  Apart from many favorites such as Michael Winterbottom’s 9 SONGS and Carlos Reygadas’s SILENT LIGHT, the library is anchored by Park Chan-wook’s Cannes jury prize winner, OLDBOY, the film that famously introduced the Western World to the Asia Extreme brand.  www.PalisadesTartan.com

SOME DAYS ARE BETTER THAN OTHERS will open in the following markets:

Portland, OR (March 25, 2011) – The Hollywood Theatre

Chicago, IL (April 1, 2011) – Facets Cinematheque

Detroit, MI (April 8, 2011) – Burton Theatre

Seattle, WA (April 15, 2011) – Northwest Film Forum

San Francisco, CA (April 15, 2011) – The Roxie

New York, NY (April 29, 2011) – Cinema Village

Albuquerque, NM (May 6, 2011) – The Guild Cinema

North Charleston, SC (May 14, 2011) – Greater Park Film Circle

*Other dates and markets to be announced soon.

Additional dates, venues, and showtime information will be continuously posted and updated on the film’s website and Facebook pages:



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