John Mellencamp: It’s About You
Director Kurt and Ian Markus | 2010 | 80 minutes | Documentary | English
World Premiere – SXSW 2011
It’s About You is a personal journey lm about singer/songwriter John Mellencamp. It was made during his summer 2009 tour with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson; Mellencamp also recorded his new album, 2010’s universally acclaimed No Better Than This, in three historical locations, during the month and a half tour.
In the lm, we see Mellencamp recording – with a single mike and mono tape recorder more than half a century old – in the same San Antonio hotel room where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson created some of his most memorable work. Along the way, Mellencamp and the filmmakers reveal an emotional side, rarely seen, in a lm that becomes a soulful, highly personal meditation on his native small-town America.
Filmmaker Kurt Markus’ photography has appeared in such leading publications as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ and The New York Times Magazine, and he has shot cutting-edge ad campaigns for BMW, Armani, Nike and other companies. His unique vision has been brought to bear on It’s About You, which was shot on Super 8 and whose vintage Americana look is the cinematic equivalent of a well-worn pair of jeans.
“VERY PERSONAL… DIGS DEEPLY INTO THE SOIL OF WORKING CLASS AMERICA.”
–THE NEW YORK TIMES
“A VISUALLY COMPELLING LOOK AT A MAN AND HIS MUSIC.”
–THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
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