Director Stephen Sebring will premiere his second documentary about punk icon Patti Smith tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival. “Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band” bows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre as one of the festival’s special screenings. A decade ago, Sebring’s feature debut, “Patti Smith: Dream of Life,” picked up a cinematography award out of Sundance before earning a Primetime Emmy nomination following its PBS “P.O.V.” broadcast.
Executive produced by Interscope Records co-founder Jimmy Iovine, “Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band” captures one of the final concerts of the 40th-anniversary tour celebrating Smith’s first album, “Horses.” The venue was Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theater, in January 2015. In the trailer, posted Monday and filmed in a muted palette consisting of much black-and-white footage, Smith growls her song “Land.” She is also seen brushing her teeth before showtime, hopping around onstage, and whipping imaginary stallions during that song’s chorus.
Sebring met Smith in 1995, when Spin Magazine sent him to photograph her. “Patti Smith: Dream of Life” was a project he worked on for 11 years. After tonight’s screening, Smith and her bandmates Lenny Kaye, Jay Dee Daugherty, Tony Shanahan, and Jack Petruzzelli will perform the track “Horses” for festival attendees, alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea, and Smith’s son, Jackson.
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Smith — a poet and National Book Award winner for her memoir “Just Kids” — had another appearance of sorts Sunday night at Tribeca: Actress Marianne Rendón plays her in “Mapplethorpe,” the new biopic on Smith’s late friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. The legendary singer was not involved with the making of Ondi Timoner’s film, but it did have her support.
“Horses: Patti Smith and Her Band” will begin streaming on Apple Music on Tuesday, May 22. Watch the trailer below.