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6 August 2008 (USA) See more »
An intimate portrait of poet, painter, musician and singer Patti Smith that mirrors the essence of the artist herself. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Patti Smith ... Herself: vocals and clarinet
Lenny Kaye ... Himself: guitar
Oliver Ray ... Himself: guitar
Tony Shanahan ... Himself: bass and vocals
Jay Dee Daugherty ... Himself: drums
Jackson Smith ... Himself
Jesse Smith ... Himself
Tom Verlaine ... Himself

Sam Shepard ... Himself

Philip Glass ... Himself
Benjamin Smoke ... Himself

Flea ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bob Dylan ... Himself (uncredited)

Michael Stipe ... Himself (uncredited)

Directed by
Steven Sebring 
Produced by
Sonoko Aoyagi Leopold .... line producer
Kristin Lovejoy .... supervising producer
Steven Sebring .... executive producer
Steven Sebring .... producer
Margaret Smilow .... executive producer
Margaret Smilow .... producer
Junko Tsunashima .... supervising producer
Scott Vogel .... producer
Original Music by
Hans Engstrom 
Cinematography by
Phillip Hunt (director of photography)
Steven Sebring (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Angelo Corrao 
Lin Polito 
Production Management
Andrew Reichsman .... production manager: London 'Horses' Concert (as Andy Reichsman)
Art Department
Alex Wiederin .... package art direction and design
Sound Department
Jorgen Axelvall .... additional sound
Angelo Corrao .... sound editor
Margaret Crimmins .... sound designer
Tim Fraser .... sound: London 'Horses' Consert
Charlie McGovern .... additional sound
Lin Polito .... sound editor
Anna Rieke .... additional sound
Steven Sebring .... sound recordist
Greg Smith .... sound designer: Dog Bark Sound
Tony Volante .... sound re-recording mixer: Sound Lounge
Anna Ehl .... assistant sound recordist engineer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... digital effects: MoltenLave Film Design
Camera and Electrical Department
Jorgen Axelvall .... camera assistant
Mia Barker .... additional assistant camera
Chris Bierlein .... additional assistant camera
Richard Lawson .... assistant camera: London 'Horses' Concert
James Lewis .... clapper loader: London 'Horses' Concert
Toshiaki Ozawa .... camera: London 'Horses' Concert (as Tpshi Ozawa)
John Pirozzi .... camera: London 'Horses' Concert
David Raedeker .... assistant camera: London 'Horses' Concert
Oliver Ray .... additional camera work
Steven Sebring .... camera: London 'Horses' Concert
Patti Smith .... additional camera work
Phoebe Sudrow .... assistant camera: London 'Horses' Concert
Editorial Department
Jennifer Basnyat .... digital conformist: Scratch
Laura Congleton .... assistant editor (as Laura H. Congleton)
Danny DeVincent .... digital intermediate colorist: Cineric (as Daniel Devincent)
Russell Greene .... assistant editor
Donald Klocek .... assistant editor
Noëlle Penraat .... negative matcher (as Noelle Penraat)
Jack Rizzo .... digital scanning and recording: Metropolis Film Lab
Location Management
Val Campbell .... location coordinator: London 'Horses' Concert
Music Department
John Adams .... music services
Emily Lee .... music services
Greg Smith .... composer: additional music
Other crew
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer: MoltenLava Film Design
Jane Buckwalter .... project management
Andrew Burns .... road crew
Bejou Baile De Laperriere .... assistant: director
Barre Duryea .... tour manager
Ran Geffen .... production assistant: London 'Horses' Concert
James Gray .... production assistant: London 'Horses' Concert
Aaron Kanter .... business affairs
Martin Le Maire .... road crew
Annie Leibovitz .... archival footage courtesy of
Dan Lilienfeld .... road crew
Gerard Malanga .... archival footage courtesy of
Jonas Mekas .... archival footage courtesy of
Amos Poe .... archival footage courtesy of
Hans Richter .... archival footage courtesy of
Ranfi Rivera .... business affairs
Rocky Roberts .... road crew
Shoshana Sebring .... creative consultant
Michael Stipe .... archival footage courtesy of
Tom Tyler .... production assistant: London 'Horses' Concert
Yuek Wong .... road crew
Travis Call .... thanks
Alex Halpern .... special thanks
Benn Northover .... thanks
Michael Stipe .... personal thanks

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109 min
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Did You Know?

The film was created over 11 years.See more »
Patti Smith:It's really funny when people ask you about that - How does it feel to be a rock icon? When they say that, I always think of Mt. Rushmore.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Dont Look Back (1967)See more »
People Have the PowerSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
True artist, 6 December 2010
Author: diogoferreira240878 from Portugal

Patti Smith is the embodiment of what a true artist is. Beautifully shot filled with poetry, ideas, music and life. I do have to say that it drags just a little bit on the second half and that Patti can also sound a tad pretentious, but what really shines is her humanity and her internal world of intricate emotion and rationality. I personally could listen to her read her poems for hours and just feel inspired. The film is also quite touching and heartfelt. She is still as relevant today as she was in the 70s. I saw her live two years ago when she came to Portugal e it was life changing. Such raw power and commitment to her art. This is also a very American documentary in the truest essence of what i feel America really is: the ancient power of the land that washes over brilliant artists and shines through them I am a true fan of Patti's so i'm not sure if the casual viewer would love it as much as me, but all of us who want to be artists should see. Also great passionate speech against Bush.

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