POSTED 6 HOURS AGO BY ELIJAH C. WATSON New Jimi Hendrix Short Film Offers Surreal Take On Artist’s Childhood
A short film dedicated to Jimi Hendrix premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
Titled Jimi Could Have Fallen from the Sky, a synopsis of the film reads:
“This short is the unauthorized, heavily abridged, biographical, visual and supersonic moment about the fact that Johnny Allen Hendrix (aka Jimi Hendrix) knew how to skydive. Set in Seattle where Jimi was born and raised, the film wonders aloud about what this skill meant for the life he went on to lead. Why did he retreat to the sky so quickly before all of us were ready for him to go?”
The seven minute short film, which you can check out below, takes quite the surreal interpretation on Hendrix’s childhood. Accompanied by a group of friends the young Hendrix explores different parts of Seattle, as a narrator offers fabled stories surrounding the iconic guitarist’s rise as a musician. There is also some incredible choreography (complimented by a fitting electric score).
Jimi Could Have Fallen from the Sky was a part of “Project Five by Five,” a series in which five filmmakers were invited to Seattle to create short films about the city, with each film dedicated to one of the five senses. The film was directed by Terence Nance, who also directed An Oversimplification of Her Beauty.
In other recent Hendrix news, an acoustic guitar the musician once purchased for $25 sold for $260,072 at an auction.
The guitar, a 1951 Epiphone FT79 acoustic, was expected to sale for anywhere between $10,000 to $48,000, but ended up rising to $260,072 as the bidding intensified during Bonhams’ Entertainment Memorabilia sale.
Hendrix purchased the 1951 Epiphone for twenty-five dollars during the Experience’s first tour of the U.S. in August 1967. He ended up bringing the guitar back with him to England, where he used the instrument frequently in his Upper Berkeley Street flat in London to avoid receiving noise complaints from his neighbors.
He ultimately wrote a number of riffs and arrangements on that guitar, including his reworking of Bob Dylan‘s “All Along The Watchtower.” The song served as Hendrix’s only top 20 entry on the Billboard chart, with the track reaching the number 20 spot.