Friday, December 19, 2008

Doors film, "When You're Strange," to premiere at Sundance

Wolf Films/Strange Pictures, in association with Rhino Entertainment, is pleased to announce that WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE, the first feature documentary about The Doors, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival on January 17 at 9 p.m., with additional screenings throughout the week (see schedule below).

Award-winning writer-director Tom DiCillo's riveting film uncovers historic, previously unseen footage from the illustrious rock quartet and provides new insight into the revolutionary impact of their music and legacy. The creative chemistry of four brilliant artists – drummer John Densmore, guitarist Robby Krieger, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, and singer Jim Morrison – made The Doors one of America's most iconic and influential rock bands. WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE is the first feature documentary to tell their story.

Using footage shot between their formation in 1966 and Morrison's death in 1971, it follows the band from the corridors of UCLA's film school, where Manzarek and Morrison met and began writing songs, to the stages of sold-out arenas.

Taking its title from the cabaret-tinged Doors hit "People Are Strange,” the film chronicles the creation of The Doors' six landmark studio albums in just five years, as well as their electrifying live performances. Rare cinéma vérité footage offers an intimate glimpse into their musical collaboration – and their offstage lives.

"The Doors' music is the rock equivalent to film. It has great drama, sex, poetry, and mystery. Their music is for all those who've ever felt the cool chill of isolation and oddness in themselves; which in effect is all of us,” says filmmaker DiCillo.

"Remember the phrase 'If you remember the '60s, you weren't there?' In '66 I was a sophomore in college. I don't remember that, but I do remember the first time I heard The Doors that year,” says producer Dick Wolf. "I'm still listening 42 years later and so is my 15-year old son. The Doors will be remembered, and listened to, as long as people have ears.”

The soundtrack to WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE, featuring classic studio and live tracks from The Doors, will also be released in Summer 2009 from Rhino Entertainment. Additional credits for WHEN YOU'RE STRANGE include producers Wolf, John Beug, Jeff Jampol, and Peter Jankowski.

The Sundance Film Festival is the premier showcase for U.S. and international independent film, held each January in and around Park City, Utah. Presenting approximately 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films in seven distinct categories and between 60 and 80 short films each year, the Sundance Film Festival has introduced American audiences to some of the most ground-breaking films of the past two decades, including sex lies and videotape, Maria Full of Grace, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, An Inconvenient Truth, Trouble the Water and Central Station.

Sat. Jan 17 at 9:00 PM - Temple Theatre, Park City – (Premiere Screening)
Sun. Jan 18 at 2:30 PM - Holiday Village Cinema III, Park City
Tue. Jan 20 at 6:00 PM - Broadway Centre Cinemas VI, SLC
Wed. Jan 21 at 9:00 AM - Temple Theatre, Park City
Fri. Jan 23 at 6:15 PM - Holiday Village Cinema IV, Park City

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