Screenwriter John Ridley won an Oscar this year for “12 Years a Slave,” and now his sophomore directorial feature “Jimi: All Is By My Side,” will be the opening night film at the 40th annual Seattle International Film Festival on May 15.
Ridley wrote and directed this Jimi Hendrix biopic, which stars Andre Benjamin (aka rapper/singer Andre 3000) as Hendrix and Imogen Poots as love interest Linda Keith, who met him in 1966 while dating Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. The film focuses on their relationship, Hendrix’s rise in the London music scene before his death at age 27 in 1970, and the complications that arise when a new admirer (played by Hayley Atwell of “Captain America”) enters the scene.
“All Is By My Side” blends Ridley’s interpretation of the story with archival footage of the era. The film will be released theatrically this summer by XLrator Media with Open Road Films.
Watch a clip below, and read our illuminating TIFF interview with Ridley here, where he talks about writing “12 Years” as well as writing and directing “All Is By My Side.”