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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED DOCUMENTARYTOM PETTY, SOMEWHERE YOU FEEL FREE:THE MAKING OF WILDFLOWERS DEBUTS IN THEATRES WORLDWIDE OCTOBER 20
YOUTUBE ORIGINALS TO RELEASE THE FILM GLOBALLY LATER THIS YEAR
OFFICIAL SXSW 2021 AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER AND 2021 BOULDER FILM FESTIVAL BEST DOCUMENTARY FILM AWARD WINNER
Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers will see its theatrical release on October 20 (Tom’s birthday) for a one-night global celebration via Trafalgar Releasing, with encore screenings in select cinemas on October 21. Fans can experience the film on the big screen with immersive surround-sound before YouTube Originals will make it available worldwide for free in full 4K resolution on Tom Petty’s YouTube Channel later this year. Watch an early clip of the film HERE. Tickets are on sale now at TomPettyFilm.com.
The uplifting 89-minute documentary was directed by award-winning filmmaker Mary Wharton (Jimmy Carter: Rock and Roll President, Sam Cooke: Legend, Elvis Lives!, The Beatles Revolution) and first debuted in March as an Official SXSW 2021 Selection, winning the festival’s Audience Award. The film went on to win Best Documentary Film at the Boulder Film Festival and received widespread critical acclaim throughout the film festival season. The picture digs deeper into 2020’s critically acclaimed certified gold reissue, Wildflowers & All The Rest collection (Warner Records) which revealed the long anticipated second half of Tom’s autobiographical masterpiece.
Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers offers a unique look into the creative mastery and turbulent personal life of the legendary rock star and captures the period of 1993-1995, when Tom worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin for the first time. The film is an unvarnished look at Petty that features never-before-seen footage drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film, as well as new interviews with album co-producer and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell along with Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and many more.
Produced by Peter Afterman with executive producers Dan Braun, Mary Wharton and Adria Petty and presented by Inaudible Films, Warner Music Entertainment (Warner Music Group’s TV and Film division) and Warner Records, the documentary illuminates an artist at the height of his powers, providing an intimate and moving look at an enigmatic icon.
Kymberli Frueh, SVP for Programming and Content Acquisitions for Trafalgar Releasing says, “This cinema event will celebrate the music and life of Tom Petty on his birthdate, offering a chance for fans across the globe to congregate and see the film and hear the music together in a high-quality immersive theatrical experience. The legacy of his creativity and the legendary songs he created at this seminal time lives on in our playlists.”
About YouTube Originals:
Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers joins a robust slate of music-focused YouTube Originals. Alex Piper, Head of Unscripted for YouTube Originals and Nicole Emanuele, Development Lead for YouTube Originals, will oversee the documentary for the global platform.
Award-winning series, specials, and livestream events for YouTube’s two billion active monthly users that entertain, inspire, connect and educate audiences through authentic storytelling from YouTube creators, music artists and celebrities. By tapping into the platform’s growing global community, fan engagement product capabilities and innovative content, YouTube Originals amplify the most popular and unique aspects of YouTube. Fans can experience YouTube Originals content for free through the standard YouTube platform (ad-supported), or through a paid subscription to YouTube Premium, which adds ad-free, bonus/exclusive content, and early binge access to select programming. YouTube Originals are available in over 100 countries worldwide. Keep up with the latest YouTube news by visiting the global platform’s official blog at https://blog.youtube/.
About Trafalgar Releasing:
The global leader in event cinema distribution. A subsidiary of Trafalgar Entertainment, Trafalgar Releasing’s global operations include production, acquisition, marketing and distribution of specialized content to over 8,000 cinemas in more than 120 countries worldwide. A full spectrum of releases includes high arts, award-winning theatre, iconic moments, heritage music acts and contemporary music sensations.
About Warner Music Entertainment:
Warner Music Entertainment (WME), the television and film division of Warner Music Group (WMG), is passionately devoted to music-driven storytelling through the creation, development and acquisition of compelling original visual content. Since its inception in 2017, WME has produced a variety of acclaimed long-form television series, films and documentaries, including David Byrne’s 6x Emmy-nominated HBO special, American Utopia; National Geographic’s 3x Emmy-nominated Genius: Aretha; the 3x Emmy-nominated Epix two-part docuseries, Laurel Canyon: A Place in Time; Hulu’s Crock of Gold: A Few Rounds with Shane MacGowan and many others. With deep connections across the entertainment industry, WME also partners with leading production companies, such as Imagine Entertainment and Lightbox, to co-produce, co-develop and co-finance various film and television projects, both long and short form.
About Inaudible Films:
Inaudible Films is owned by multiple Grammy Award winning producer Peter Afterman. It has produced a variety of acclaimed films and documentaries including It Might Get Loud, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, Joan Jett: Bad Reputation, Trouble in Mind: Jerry Lee Lewis and the upcoming Curtis Mayfield documentary.
About Warner Records:
Warner Records has stood as a beacon of artistic freedom and creative expression for the past six decades, releasing some of the most culturally influential and innovative music of our time. Headquartered in the vibrant arts district in downtown Los Angeles, CA, Warner Records is home to an impressive generation of artists, among them Dua Lipa, Gary Clark Jr., Bebe Rexha, Neil Young, Saweetie, Michael Bublé, NLE Choppa, Anitta, Josh Groban, Deftones, Wale, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bella Poarch, Andra Day, Muse, Lukas Graham, Chika, Mastodon, Bryce Vine, Linkin Park, Ali Gatie, Tom Petty, Royal Blood, David Guetta, Nessa Barrett, Omar Apollo, Disturbed, Sub Urban, CJ, RÜFÜS DU SOL, and many more. Beginning in 1958 as the label arm of the famed movie studio, things began to take shape in the early ‘60s with artists like the Everly Brothers, Peter Paul & Mary, and comedian Bob Newhart. With the acquisition of Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records in 1963, the Warner Records mantra of “the music first” took hold, leading to the signing of such groundbreaking artists as the Kinks, Grateful Dead, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath, Van Halen, Prince and many more.
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