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Directed by Nickolas Rossi

United States 2014 104 mins.

When Portland singer/songwriter Elliott Smith died in 2003, it left a gaping hole in the indie rock community throughout the country. Smith, best known for the Academy Award®–nominated song “Miss Misery” from the Good Will Hunting soundtrack, was a trail- blazer for Portland’s indie rock scene in the ‘90s and later in New York and Los Angeles as he followed his creative explorations. Director Nickolas Rossi unites Smith’s sister, former band mates, his ex-girlfriend and collaborator Joanna Bolme, Kill Rock Stars’ Slim Moon and more to present the first Elliott Smith documentary produced by and with those who knew him best, and in doing so shares and in so doing shares new discoveries: previously unheard songs, unseen personal pictures and rare performance footage. What results is an elegant, heartfelt tribute to a gifted songwriter and his pro- found legacy.



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.