United States 2014, 104 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
The more successful and more famous he became, the less Elliott Smith was convinced he liked living. When he was found dead at 34, not one of the people closest to him could say they were surprised. This sensitive musician, whose five solo albums earned the acclaim of critics, had a hard time dealing with the side effects of the fame that came to him following his Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for the film “Good Will Hunting”. It seems that was just one of the things that led to his death. He was a chatty boy and the class clown, and seemed to be a happy child. As he grew, he gradually became introverted, taciturn and detached. The emotional crises he faced were well hidden under his charismatic stage presence and blurred by heavy drug use. They did emerge, however, bursting out through his personal, original texts – angry and dark – which his many fans refuse to stop playing.
Previous Festivals: AFI DOCS, CPH:DOX, San Francisco International Film Festival
Nickolas Rossi was born in
Chicago, Illinois. As a cinematographer his feature narrative work includes "Southern Baptist Sissies" with
Emmy Award winner Leslie Jordan ("Will & Grace") and Dale Dickey ("Winter's Bone"), "Do Not Disturb" with
Stephen Geoffreys ("Fright Night"), and Corey Haim ("Lost Boys"), and "Breath of Hate" with Jason Mewes
("Clerks") and Ezra Buzzington ("The Hills Have Eyes"). His documentary film work includes the award winning
feature documentary, "The Power of Two", (GoDigital), the directorial debut of Academy Award® nominated
producer, Marc Smolowitz. He was also a cinematographer on Smolowitz's award winning compilation "Still
Around" (Outcast) about HIV/AIDS. As a cinematographer he has worked extensively across the United States
& Canada, Asia, Europe and Mexico. His work has screened in numerous film festivals across the globe, as
well as PBS Independent Lens, CNN, MTV/LOGO and Fuel TV. His commercial work includes such clients as
Michael Kors, Deutsche Bank, Nemours Children's Hospital, Brides Magazine, and XO Jane. “Heaven Adores
You” is his directorial debut.