The Memphis garage rocker made frequent stops in Tucson over the years. Opening for The Black Keys at the Rialto in 2008 turned out to be his last performance here before his death in 2010 at age 29.
"It's an incredible portrait of a really prolific musician," said Michael Toubassi, the festival's director. "The film showcases a broad range of music and the Rialto's the best place for that kind of thing. You want to enjoy that live footage and really ... experience his musical career."
Jay Reatard film 'Better Than Something' screens at site of his final show in Tucson
Making the rounds of the film festival circuit, the documentary "Better Than Something: Jay Reatard" stops Friday at the Tucson Film Festival in Arizona. This story in the Arizona Daily Star explains the screening's venue, the historic Rialto Theatre, in the tragically short life of the late Memphis garage-punk icon: