raining, still dreaming, for the princess of punk.


By Blurt Staff

This just in from Palm Pictures:


Announcing Palm Pictures’ theatrical release of acclaimed photographer
Steven Sebring’s directorial
debut, Patti Smith: Dream Of Life. The film is set for release this
September. The richly layered portrait of the legendary poet, artist, musician
and activist won the Cinematography Award when it received its world premiere
at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival, where it was also nominated for the Grand
Jury Prize. New Yorkers will get an early glimpse of the film, which was
produced by Margaret Smilow of Thirteen/WNET and Scott Vogel, when it screens
at the Film Forum August 6th – 19th.

Patti Smith: Dream Of Life has generated critical acclaim, being hailed as a “spellbinder” (Premiere) and a “joy for anyone
interested in pop culture of the past 40 years” (The Hollywood Reporter).
“Patti Smith: Dream of Life” gets unusually close to its
subject,” said Reuters. “Experimental camera work and editing makes
for a fittingly unconventional portrait of one of the pioneers of punk

Sebring, renowned for merging
raw realism with high fashion in his portraiture, first met Smith, in 1996, when he photographed
her for Spin magazine. Upon seeing her perform, he was so moved that he asked
if he might begin filming her – thus beginning an 11-year odyssey. Patti
Smith: Dream Of Life
a plunge into the philosophy and artistry of this complicated, charismatic
personality. Sebring captures Smith, who narrates the film, through
her spoken words, performances, lyrics, paintings and photographs. The film
also features performances with composer Philip Glass and playwright/author/actor/musician
Sam Shepard.

Rizzoli will publish Sebring’s companion book, Patti Smith: Dream
of Life
, in August. Integrating quotes and private transcripts with
his photographs of Smith,
Sebring traces the artist’s extraordinary personal journey. The volume also
includes never-before-published Polaroid’s taken by Smith as well as other photos from her archives.

Smith was inducted into the Rock
and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007 and continues to be a vibrant, prolific artist,
working in a wide variety of media. Fondation Cartier in Paris is currently hosting a major solo
exhibition of her visual work. The Coral Sea,
a live CD she recorded with My Bloody Valentine’s Kevin Shields, will be released July 11th on PASK, a new imprint
founded by Smith and Shields. The double-CD captures their
June 22, 2005 and September 12, 2006 performances at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, a
collaboration inspired by Smith’s 1996 book of the same name, which paid tribute to her great friend, the late
artist Robert Mapplethorpe.

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