“His heart would be broken to know that people discover him and just think that he’s super bummed – it was only a small fraction of who he really was.” That’s a quote from Dorien Garry, Elliot Smith’s former publicist, in Heaven Adores You. Her sentiment is shared by director Nickolas Rossi, who focuses his riveting documentary on celebrating Smith’s personal and musical accomplishments, rather than zeroing in on the tabloid drama that still surrounds his alleged suicide. It’s a refreshing approach that gives fans a deeper look at who he was as a person, told through intimate interviews with his peers and loved ones. What’s revealed here is a more balanced view of an ordinary guy who struggled with his demons, but was loved for his generosity, kindness, and sense of humor.
Heaven Adores You will be screened two times:
Sunday, March 22 at 9:30 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas
Monday, March 23 at 5:45 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom (part of the Neighborhood Screenings series)
Regular ticket prices are $13 for CIFF members and $15 for non-members. By using the code “FOLK,” station members can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at www.clevelandfilm.org, through the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456).