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Levon Helm Documentary Picked Up by Kino Lorber for 2013 Release

The Band drummer Levon Helm at the Newport Folk Festival in 2008. wfuv via Flickr. Creative Commons License.
Kino Lorber has acquired North American distribution rights to the documentary “Ain’t in It for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm,” directed by Jacob Hatley. The company plans a 2013 theatrical release followed by VOD and home video releases over the summer.

Hatley’s film focuses on Helm, the founding member of The Band, after his 2007 resurgence following the release of his Grammy-winning “Dirt Farmer” folk album as he works on his new record at home in Woodstock, NY, amid financial and health problems. Helm died of cancer in April.

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"It was a privilege to meet Levon at one of his last Midnight Rambles and verify personally how insightfully this music-packed film captured the generosity of spirit, the humanity and the immense talent of one of America's greatest musical artists,” said Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber. “We see this as a mission now to be able to open the film, and Levon's life, to legions of fans, followers and new audiences, who will be thrilled to discover the scope and depth of his contribution."

Lorber negotiated the deal with Stephen Brower, senior VP of the Welk Music Group/Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records.

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