All Is By My Side, another high-profile film based on the life of a real-life person that we’ve been following, that’s been burdened with controversy since it started production, will also make its World Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
This is the Andre Benjamin Jimi Hendrix project that didn’t have the approval of Jimi Hendrix’s estate to use any of the musician’s original songs, with reps for the estate accusing the filmmakers of moving forward with the project without their official permission.
That didn’t stop the production of the film, however, which was shot last summer in Ireland.
The film will be free of all Hendrix-written classics like Purple Haze or The Wind Cries Mary, because of rights issues, and the producers actually set the film in “Hendrix’s pre-fame era,” as they said, and the music used will be covers of other musicians’ songs Hendrix performed.
It was reported by Rolling Stone magazine last year that producers were planning to take the film to the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Obviously that didn’t happen. Unless it was submitted, and rejected.
I thought it might debut at Cannes, especially since it skipped Berlin, Rotterdam, SXSW, and Tribeca. But that obviously didn’t happen either.
The feature film is written and directed by John Ridley.
Now we wait for that first trailer…