“Loving tribute to the brief but blazing career and legacy”
– The Hollywood Reporter
The film is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003), opening with his 1998 Oscar nomination for his song “Miss Misery”, composed for Gus Van Sant’s film “Good Will Hunting”.
By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in – Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — the feature is mainly a visual journey through the singer’s prolific songwriting and its impact.
The film focuses on music legacy, and Smith best phrased it himself, “I don’t care if I fit into anything, or if there’s anything to fit into to. It’s just, I like music, you know?”.
The film has been dubbed “an archival triumph” by Pitchfork: it provides long-unheard music, and has a trove of photos, from professional pictures shot by Elliott’s first band manager and onetime girlfriend J.J. Gonson, to photos with family and friends.
2014, USA, 104 min.