Her Aim is True: Karen Whitehead reintroduces us to rock photography pioneer and legend Jini Dellaccio, and is meeting sold out crowds at every screening.
In the 1960’s, an era when women were not encouraged to be independent, and rock-n-roll was considered ‘the Devil’s music’, Jini Dellaccio broke all the rules and paved new roads of creativity. Although Jini’s work was revolutionary for her time, she didn't know it was. She simply connected with the bands, saw something in her mind, and ran with it. It was the product of ‘what she ran with’ however, that was creative, innovative, and miles ‘outside the box’ of the industry norms of the day. This experimental attitude was the momentum behind the independent spirit that made her the highly desired photographer that she was.
Dellaccio, in the 1960’s was the preferred rock photographer for the likes of; Neil Young, Ian Whitcomb, Mitch Ryder, The Who, The Wailers, The Sonics, Merrilee Rush & The Turnabouts, The Daily Flash, The Bard’s, The Bootmen, and Paul Revere & The Raiders. Dellaccio documented many live performances with her camera including; The Yardbirds, Rolling Stones, Herman’s Hermits, the Beach Boys, Mamas and the Papas, and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s.
‘Here Aim is True’, the story of Jini Dellaccio is one of those stories, much like that of activist, expatriate, prolific writer and poet Kay Boyle, that everyone needs to know about. Jini’s story alone could make every rock n roll fan, photographer, film lover, activist, free-spirited independent woman, music lover, and artist pile into cinemas everywhere. Her story is truly that good.
Jini Dellaccio, was a self trained photographer who brought a life to rock photography that literally sparked an evolutionary change in the rock n roll industry. She started taking bands outside and away from the standard indoor studio shoots, which was something unheard of in the industry at the time. Bands who had shot covers with Jini started showing friends and soon every band wanted outdoor shoots with this 'apparent housewife’ turned rock photographer.
Jini Dellaccio was a woman years before her time, her story, ’Her Aim Is True’, directed by Karen Whitehead, brings that incredible story to the screen in a truly satisfying fashion.
Whitehead, an independent spirit herself isn't new to film-making, and her work shines through in ‘Her Aim Is True’. Karen Whitehead, a filmmaker from London, UK., is also a journalist. She’s a former director/producer at the BBC and also did the current affairs output for the Independent Television network in the UK. In the US, Karen has made several documentary-style videos for non-profit organizations and advocacy filming for Autism. Whitehead, also produced a film on the history of the Berlin Wall for the Newseum, which is currently on exhibit in Washington DC. She’s a recipient of a CINE Golden Eagle Award for the short film, Woodlawn Redux she directed in 2008.
Although, ‘Her Aim is True’, has traveled several independent film festivals and usually experienced sold out crowds, there’s still funds to be raised before it will hit distribution.
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What other’s are saying about ‘Her Aim Is True’
“ I give the film easily an A+; not a dull moment.” - Jack London
“ Please see this documentary if you are craving to see how one person capturing a few rock bands in photos can give them a scene, and raise them to international acclaim…” - Chris Estey, SIFF Preview
“We all know about rock ‘n roll’s dark side. But through “Her Aim Is True,” we’re reminded of the positive energy and vitality thriving within this culture of sound. Dellaccio’s photos capture the joyful side of rock, and her smile shines light upon its shadows.” - KJ Doughton, Film Threat
“Dellaccio's work is bold and visionary, an evolutionary leap in the art of rock photography.” - Ernest Jasmin, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - Tacoma Weekly
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