I posted a couple things about it here: es-films-t438.html
Re: ES films?
Postby Kevin Moyer » Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:27 pm
I remember, twenty five plus years ago, meeting Elliott Smith for the first time at the bus stop in front of the high school that we both went to in downtown Portland.
I remember, 10 years after that, our friends having viewing parties when one of his songs was nominated for an Oscar and he was asked to perform at the Academy Awards – “one of us is on the moon!” someone shouted.
And I still remember, almost like it was yesterday, 5 years later when I was driving in a sudden rain storm and had to pull over to cry because the radio had just told me that he had died at the young age of 34 from a stab wound to the heart.
Elliott Smith had a knack for making you feel super connected and really understood, no matter how fleeting the time was that you might have spent together, or how much time would span in between such meetings, and he left a lasting and positive impression that I still carry with me today and has made me a better human being.
I think fans of his music feel the same connection. He could connect with your heart and mind through your ears and he could make the ugliest stories beautiful with his lyrics and melodies.
His sudden and tragic absence (all of them along the way) broke my heart and for years it was hard to communicate exactly how much Elliott Smith meant to me. I didn’t know how to tell others when it would eventually come up - and it would because the Portland music community is a tight knit group and I would also later release some of his music on my LFNNY effort - and it would be hard to explain without getting too esoteric and / or emotional, and it often also felt silly and like emotions that no one else could possibly understand unless they were already feeling the same.
So, for the past few years I have been working with Nickolas Rossi and J.T. Gurzi to put something together to hopefully communicate what I never could have said on my own. The skill and passion and integrity that these two guys have gifted to this project in helping to pay proper tribute to Elliott cannot be put into mere words.
This project is a love letter to Elliott and his music. It’s a love letter to Portland really too - as well as Texas, New York, and Los Angeles which are the other places that Elliott called home.
And most importantly, it’s a love letter from a whole bunch of other great people who were close to Elliott and loved him just as much too; friends and family who graciously trusted us with such a sensitive subject and put their own vulnerabilities aside to help us explain to the world why we all loved him.
It has been an emotional and intense journey, commiserating and confiding in each other and all who have shared with us, constantly scraping personal wounds that may never heal, in an open effort to feel better and give proper tribute to a friend and amazing musician.
We are currently doing everything that we can in order to use his music in the movie, and to find funding to help us afford the music licensing that comes with a project of this design - especially one with such an extensive list of music that we are utilizing in an effort to let Elliott speak for himself through his own body of art.
We have included songs that fans love, we have included songs that people have never heard, and we have included songs that can never be heard enough. We have included personal pictures and live footage dug out from forgotten boxes in the attics of friends, and we have captured the stories and memories of his life and music career as told by those who knew him best.
We have recently joined forces with friend Marc Smolowitz and are currently in post production and working very hard to bring all of these things together to hopefully explain, in a beautiful and honest manner, something conveyed as a whole that none of us could properly communicate on our own.
Follow along here if you'd like to. https://www.facebook.com/HeavenAdoresYou