As previously reported, director Nickolas Rossi spent some three years piecing together a new documentary on late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith, entitled Heaven Adores You. Since finally debuting last month, the film has been making its way around the U.S. film festival circuit; the next stop comes June 18th-22nd at Washington’s AFI DOCS festival. In anticipation, AFI organizers have shared the film’s first four minutes (via SPIN).
The aptly-titled “Heaven Adores You: The First Few Minutes” begins with Smith’s 1998 interview detailing his Oscar nomination for his contributions to the Good Will Hunting soundtrack. From there, Smith goes on to discuss the rather “surreal” performance at the 1998 Oscars ceremony before the film launches into other interviews. Smith subsequently mentions all the unwanted attention following his bump in notoriety and the somewhat asinine press cycle in support of the soundtrack.
In discussing his growing fame at the time, Smith said, “I mostly only know things are different because people ask me different questions, but I don’t feel like things are very changed. I do the same things that I did before. I think about the same things.” He added, “I am not trying to avoid anything. I would just have to be more… I’m the wrong kind of person to be really big and famous.”
Heaven Adores You is described as an “intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith.” It features never-before-seen archival photos and footage in addition to some 20 previously-unreleased songs. Using the Oscars as a springboard, the film also explores Smith’s struggles with fame and, ultimately, his tragic death in 2003.
Watch the first four minutes below. For a list of the film’s upcoming screenings, head here.