An Overabundance of Feelings: Watch the First Four Minutes of the Elliott Smith Documentary 'Heaven Adores You'
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An Overabundance of Feelings: Watch the First Four Minutes of the Elliott Smith Documentary 'Heaven Adores You'

By Vivian Kane | Trade News | June 16, 2014 | Comments ()


Two and a half years ago, filmmaker Nickolas Rossi launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a documentary about the impact Elliott Smith left on the music world after his tragic death in 2003. Now the film, titled Heaven Adores You after a song by the band Earlimart, is finally finished, and it’s not only the first full-length documentary with permission to use Smith’s music, but will include more than a dozen previously unreleased songs. If that’s not completely, unmanageably exciting to you, I’m going to assume that you either have the heart of a pre-stolen-Christmas Grinch, or a normal-sized heart that’s just never heard Elliott Smith’s music.

The film premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival last month, and has screenings at AFI DOCS documentary festival this weekend. No word yet on a wider release, but Rossi has put out the first few minutes, which focus on Smith’s discomfort with the attention he got from his Oscar nomination for Good Will Hunting. If ever there was a more brilliant musician less interested in worldwide fame, well, I’d like to watch his documentary.

Via Slate.

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  • FireLizardQueen

    If I had to pick a favorite musician/artist it would be Elliott Smith. His music just cuts to the core.

    This is strangely timely too, I just went to a MAJOR Elliott Smith kick this last month (it was a tough month) and read everything I could about him online...

  • shoebox

    No musician has ever meant more to me than Elliott Smith. His music got me through some hard, hard times. I will watch this, and it will wreck me, and I will probably love it.

  • Crushing. Those souls who do not have the armor for this world, who are exposed to to its tendency to take anything good and make it banal, I weep for them a little every day. His passing reveals a complicity about public life and death that is frightening on a certain level. He and Kurt Cobain, opposite sides do the same coin? The only musician death that affected me more was Jeff Buckley.

  • TK

    Christ. As if I'm not routinely devastated by his music, and as if his death wasn't tragic and horrific enough, now I have to endure this?

    And of course I'm going to watch it, because I am a goddamn sucker for such things, and I'll bawl and probably end up hating you, Viv.

  • Harold HIll

    This should be required viewing for everyone who assumes that all actors and musicians need to be rich and famous to consider themselves successful. Fame is such a dick sometimes.

  • Buck off

    He was wonderful. I hope he felt his decision brought him the peace he was searching for.

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