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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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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
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
Val Campbell .... location coordinator: London 'Horses' Concert
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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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 »
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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
The Godmother of Punk rock., 27 February 2009
Author: sonya90028 from United States

Patti Smith has always been an astonishingly iconoclastic, performing and visual artist. She's always been the most influential woman, in the Punk rock world. She really helped kick-start this exciting new genre of music, when it was still just a fringe element of the rock scene, in the mid-70s.

Patti also single-handedly crafted a bold new image, of the female rock performer during the 70s. She startled the rock world with her unapologetic, devil-may-care androgynous style. Patti was the first woman in rock, to completely eschew glamor. Her clothes and shoes that she wears, have always been scruffy and disheveled. Her hair is scraggly, and she has a long, homely face. She is the complete personification, of what Punk rock is all about-brash, gritty, daring, and wickedly avant-guard.

This documentary highlights Patti's exceptional achievements as a visual artist, poet, and Punk rock icon. Her personal life is completely laid open for the viewer. Patti is shown at her childhood home in a humble working class neighborhood, visiting her parents. Patti's two children also appear in this film, and she shows how proud she is of her family. The viewer plainly realizes that instead of being a decadent rock star, Patti Smith is a warm, caring, and sharply intelligent human being.

This film has an arty visual style, which dovetails perfectly, with Patti Smith's status as a dedicated artist and performer. At times, the film drags on a bit. And there's a morose quality, underlying the film too. This factor is brought on mainly by Patti's intense focus, on the deaths of her spouse Fred, brother Todd, and friend Robert Mapplethorpe. It was obviously cathartic for Patti to discuss the sense of anguish that she feels, about the deaths of those she cared deeply about. That in itself is positive, but it dominated the film a bit too much.

For those who are not yet familiar with Patti Smith, seeing this film is a good way to acquaint yourself with her, and her legendary accomplishments as an artist/musician. Now in her early 60s, Patti Smith still reigns supreme, as the Godmother of Punk rock.

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