Elliott Smith documentary ‘Heaven Adores You’ to get theatrical release

The film will be shown around the world in May, including a UK screening in Derby

New Elliott Smith documentary ‘Heaven Adores You’ will get a limited theatrical release at cinemas around the world.

The film is the first full-length documentary with access to Smith’s close circle of friends, and was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. It was premiered at the San Francisco International Film Festival in 2014.

Now, the film will be shown at cinemas in numerous major cities in May, including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Montreal and Tel-Aviv. UK screenings will take place at the Quad in Derby from May 5-14. Find a full list of screenings here.


A press release about the film reads: “Heaven Adores You is an intimate, meditative inquiry into the life and music of Elliott Smith (1969-2003). By threading the music of Elliott Smith through the dense, yet often isolating landscapes of the three major cities he lived in — Portland, New York City, Los Angeles — Heaven Adores You presents a visual journey and an earnest review of the singer’s prolific songwriting and the impact it continues to have on fans, friends, and fellow musicians.”

Speaking to NME earlier this year, Kevin Moyer, an old schoolfriend of Smith’s who worked on the film with director Nickolas Rossi, explains around half of the songs in the film will be new to fans.

“I’m one of the few people who have been able to look into both the Universal and Kill Rock Star vaults,” he explains. “Elliott’s masters are split between two labels. It was fun to be able to get in there and listen to songs and try to get some of that music that had never been heard out there and into the fans’ ears.”

Moyer estimates that between 15-20 of the 35 songs used in part in the film will be new to fans, with tracks spanning the length of his career.

Watch the opening scenes of the film below.