Jimi: All Is By My Side starring Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix has been chosen as the Opening Night Film for the 2014 Seattle International Film Festival. 12 Years a Slave screenwriter wrote and directed the Jimi Hendrix biopic which will screen at the festival on May 15th at McCaw Hall.
Announcing the opening night film, SIFF’s Artistic Director Carl Spence said, “I can’t think of a more fitting film to open our 40th – as SIFF looks back on where we’ve come from and forward to where we’re going, we’re inviting everyone to come together to see a film that traces the origins of a Seattle music legend. The film and music communities of Seattle have proved to be a source of incredible creative expression capable of garnering attention worldwide, and Jimi encapsulates that.”
“I am thrilled to kick off the Festival with such an exciting film and guests,” added SIFF’s Managing Director Mary Bacarella. “2014 has been an incredible year for Seattle, with the Seahawks winning the Super Bowl and Macklemore taking the world by storm – SIFF’s 40th Festival will keep the party going!”
It’s 1966 and James Hendrix is an unknown backup guitarist in New York City. One night, Linda Keith (Imogen Poots) – girlfriend to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards – happens to catch a set he’s playing and, mesmerized by his skills, brings Hendrix into her inner circle in London. There, Hendrix has the freedom to develop his craft and personal style. Before long, however, he finds himself caught between Linda’s protective grasp and the charms of a new admirer (Hayley Atwell). With these two women by his side, Jimi, as he is now known, navigates the London music scene and begins to make his mark in the world of rock ‘n’ roll – the rest is history.
Source: Seattle International Film Festival
-By Rebecca Murray
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