The new Elliott Smith documentary Heaven Adores You premiered on Cinco De Mayo in San Francisco earlier this month. The film is reportedly the first full length documentary permitted to use the music of the late singer/songwriter who died in 2003. He was only 34 at the time. It contains some 15-20 previously unreleased tracks, dug up from the vaults of two record labels, that span the entire length of Smith’s tragically short career.
Heaven Adores You began as a Kickstarter project, created by the film’s director Nikolas Rossi. Rossi lived in Portland at the same time as Smith and like many others became enamored with his music. He attended a memorial after his passing, and while there took some footage which would go on to be viewed more than 800,000 times on Youtube. Smith’s music is continuing to be discovered by new fans who relate to his emotionally honest lyrics, soft sweet vocals, and impressive skill with a guitar.
Rossi has high expectations of the film. According to the original Kickstarter, “By threading together musical performances of those influenced by the music of Elliott Smith, through the lush and often isolating images of the three major cites he lived in throughout his short life ( Portland, OR, New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA ), this film will go beyond your average "behind the music" documentary by offering a visual journey and an intimate look at the singer's prolific songwriting, and the impact that he had on his fans and other musicians today.
Heaven Adores You is currently making the festival circuit. So far there is not a scheduled premier date in New York.
See a teaser for the film here.
See Rossi's video of the Elliott Smith memorial here.