Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film about Levon Helm
FRI JUN 14, 2013 12:00PM
Laemmle Noho 7
5240 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA, 91601
Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Levon Helm at home in
Woodstock, New York, in the midst of creating his first studio album in
25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly
anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and
Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight.
Born in Arkansas in 1940, Levon Helm rose to fame as the drummer for The Band, who toured with Bob Dylan before beginning their own tours from 1968 to 1976, and whose final performance was immortalized in Martin Scorsese's THE LAST WALTZ.
In the late 1990s, Levon Helm was diagnosed with throat cancer, and he began a series of radiation treatments that risked leaving him without his voice. Though the tumor was eventually removed, the treatment had damaged his vocal chords.
However, he made a remarkable breakthrough while drumming for his daughter, Amy. Attempting to sing backup vocals, he slowly but surely regained the use of his voice, and in 2007 began work on Dirt Farmer, which would become his first solo album in more than 25 years. It would go on to receive the Grammy the following year for Best Traditional Folk Album. He followed this up in 2009 with Electric Dirt, which also won a Grammy in 2010 as Best Americana Album.
On April 19, 2012, Levon Helm succumbed to cancer, leaving behind an incredible musical legacy. Jacob Hatley's documentary, AIN'T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM, explores the artist's creative process at work on his comeback album, Dirt Farmer.
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