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Greetings from Tim Buckley -- A chronicle of the days leading up to Jeff Buckley's performance at his father's tribute concert in 1991.


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Directed by
Daniel Algrant 
Writing credits
Daniel Algrant  &
David Brendel  and
Emma Sheanshang 

Produced by
Brian Carmody .... executive producer
Colin Corgan .... executive producer
Jill Footlick .... executive producer
Jill Furman .... executive producer
John Hart .... producer
Emily Kaplan .... associate producer
Allison Kunzman .... executive producer
Ben Limberg .... executive producer
Patrick Milling Smith .... producer
Amy Nauiokas .... producer
Michael Reilly .... co-producer
Charles Stone .... associate producer
Catherine Waage .... associate producer
Frederick Zollo .... producer
Original Music by
Gary Lucas (music written and performed by)
Cinematography by
Andrij Parekh 
Film Editing by
Bill Pankow 
Casting by
Avy Kaufman 
Production Design by
John Paino 
Set Decoration by
Robert Covelman 
Costume Design by
David C. Robinson 
Makeup Department
Emily Ansel .... additional makeup
Frank Barbosa .... head hair designer
Jeong-Hwa Fonkalsrud .... makeup department head
Monique Peoples Graham .... assistant hair stylist (as Monique Graham)
Aaron Mark Kinchen .... additional hairstylist (as Aaron M. Kinchen)
Julia Lallas .... makeup department head
Nick London .... makeup artist
Amanda Miller .... wig maker
Lauzanne Nel .... makeup artist
Cynthia O'Rourke .... key makeup artist
Lora Scrignoli .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Jamie Buckner .... production supervisor
Jonathan Ferrantelli .... post-production supervisor
Jill Footlick .... unit production manager
Alyson Latz .... assistant unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jolian Blevins .... second assistant director
Jason Fesel .... additional second second assistant director
Scott Foster .... second second assistant director
Atilla Salih Yücer .... first assistant director
Art Department
Clayton Beisner .... art department production assistant
Davide Biello .... on-set dresser (as Dave Biello)
Adrien Blanc .... assistant property master
Tessa Brophy .... art department coordinator
Rony Cohen .... dressing truck driver
Nicholas Gatto .... set dresser
Patrick Head .... additional props
Jay Hendrickx .... charge scenic artist
Leo Holder .... graphic designer
Meredith Lippincott .... assistant art director
Douglas Poland .... art department coordinator
Bob Provenzano .... lead man
Pierre Rovira .... construction coordinator
Darren Sharkey .... set dresser
Brandon Tonner-Connolly .... property master
Brian Tubbs .... set dresser
Amy Williams .... set decorations buyer
Sound Department
Gina Alfano .... assistant adr editor (as Gina R. Alfano)
Michael Barry .... sound re-recording mixer
Josh Berger .... additional sound re-recording mixer
Rachel Chancey .... foley supervisor
Scott Jason Farr .... sound mixer (Los Angeles unit)
Dann Fink .... adr loop group director
Fritz Francois .... additional boom operator
Fritz Francois .... additional sound mixer
Clive Goodwin .... concert sound mix engineer
Jack Hutson .... sound mixer
Ken Ishii .... additional sound mixer
Thomas W. Jordan .... boom operator
Tony Martinez .... dialogue editor
Igor Nikolic .... assistant sound editor
Dave Paterson .... supervising sound editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue & adr editor
Max Stein .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Ido Banai .... compositor
Andrew J. Bly .... visual effects producer: The Molecule
Nicole Burch .... compositor (as Nicole Burch-Chitwood)
Daniel Cohen .... visual effects producer
Luis de Leon .... compositor: The Molecule
Geoff DuQuette .... compositor
Mark Scott Friedman .... compositing supervisor
Chris Hayes .... graphics producer
Brian Houlihan .... digital compositor
Ted Markovic .... visual effects producer
Joshua Sacavage .... visual effects coordinator
Adam Schwartz .... digital compositor
Aniela Sidorska .... visual effects associate producer
Raul Alcocer .... stunts
Roy Farfel .... stunt driver
Manny Siverio .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Thomas Beczynski .... lighting technician
Steve Briante .... first assistant camera
Andrew Brinkman .... "a" camera second assistant
Dominique Caron .... best boy electric
Libby Cassinelli .... film loader (as Elizabeth Casinelli)
Katie Dainson .... "a" camera second assistant
Chris DesRochers .... dolly grip
Sean Feehan .... electrician
Christopher Heikel .... generator operator
Edward Herrera .... film loader
Andrew Hubbard .... lighting technician
Stephen Kartt .... grip
Eric Lichtenstein .... film loader
Mike Lukasik .... grip
Albino Marsetti .... "a" camera operator
Parris Mayhew .... "c" camera operator
Jason Montague .... rigging electrician
Bert Montanari .... grip
William Newell .... gaffer
Aaron Randall .... key grip
Brandon Ronne .... camera pa
Andrew Sadtler .... lighting technician
Jill Sager .... second assistant camera: b camera
Alberto Sala .... grip
Ethan Stahl .... camera pa
Scott Templeton .... lighting technician
Toshiro Yamaguchi .... "a" camera first assistant
Animation Department
Chad Sikora .... lead animator
Casting Department
Jon Goracy .... casting assistant
Jaeme Griffin .... extras casting
Sabrina Hyman .... casting associate
Leeba Zakharov .... casting associate
Zachary Luke Kislevitz .... casting intern (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cindy Bagby .... additional costumer
Alex Bovaird .... assistant costume designer
Trenton Dallas .... costume supervisor
Heather Nadine Lake .... costume p.a.
Kirsten Mogg .... key set costumer
Editorial Department
Kate Abernathy .... additional editor
Tara Carrozza .... post-production coordinator
Julia Chung .... post-production intern
Chris Gennarelli .... colorist: high definition dailies
Charles Herzfeld .... post facility supervisor
Stacey Lee .... data manager
Richie Roefaro .... post-production
Misako Shimizu .... assistant editor
Tim Stipan .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
David Brendel .... music consultant
Knox Chandler .... arranger
Jillian Ennis .... music coordinator
Mick Gormaley .... music editor
Transportation Department
Kevin Harrigan .... transportation captain
Other crew
Adam Appel .... production assistant
Jamie Buckner .... production supervisor
Tara Carrozza .... assistant to director
Shannon Causey .... location manager
Jeff Cossaboom .... production secretary
John 'JR' Craigmile .... post production accountant
Jeff Crandell .... location manager: Los Angeles unit
Olenka Denysenko .... additional script supervisor
John Edmundson .... assistant production coordinator
Peter Farnsworth .... set production assistant
Lucas Field .... production assistant
Karen Gehres .... epk producer
Jon Gordon .... production intern
Mike Gorwitz .... office production assistant
Linda Haftel .... script supervisor (as Linda Hafter Taylor)
Jesse Hove .... assistant location manager
Andrew Hudson .... production intern
Adam King .... background production assistant
Michael T. King .... set medic
Brett Lambie .... production assistant
George A. MacDonald .... key production assistant
Ian MacGregor .... location manager
Janelle Malak .... production assistant
Anthony McClendon .... locations scout
Tim Mcminn .... office production assistant
Barbara R. Miller .... production accountant
Linda H. Miller .... production accountant
Rich Moody .... production assistant
David Munz-Maire .... production assistant
Jason Quimby .... assistant location manager
Antonio Ragona .... location scout
Lucius Robinson .... assistant: Mr. Zollo
Andrew Sorgie .... production assistant
Traci Spicer .... location assistant
Charles Stone .... associate producer
William Thompson .... office production assistant
Steve Tsentserensky .... production assistant
Jack Turits .... assistant: Mr. Algrant
Zach Warsavage .... production assistant: first team
Dani Weinstein .... unit publicist
Skylar A. Wilman .... insurance broker

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27 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
See this film, 4 June 2013
Author: jonasjonsson30

The very idea of producing a dramatic film about such beloved, tragic, and incomparably gifted people as Tim and Jeff Buckley might seem like a dubious venture, a bite that would be too big for any director and cast to chew. And yet Greetings From Tim Buckley is a beautiful, touching, electrically charged success, capturing the essence of these two adored musicians with a synergistic magic that, unbelievably, does them both justice.

The film uses a true story from the life of singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley (Penn Badgley) -- his preparation and performance at a tribute concert for his father, the late Tim Buckley (Ben Rosenfeld), in 1991. Over the span of a few days, Jeff is forced to contemplate the similarities between himself and the father he never really knew -- their uncanny, iconic visages, their hauntingly similar tenor voices, their shared musical genius, and their mutual ability to remain in the moment of artistic creation and expression 24 hours a day, not just while standing in front of a microphone or expertly manipulating a guitar. Meanwhile, Tim is seen two decades earlier on a journey that mirrors Jeff's, as he spends time on the road and learns via a late-night phone call that his semi estranged wife has given birth to his only son.

One of the many things that makes this movie so incredible is that Jeff doesn't confront his long-festering emotional confusion through heavy-handed speeches or overwrought melodrama; much of the largely internalized story is simply presented through music. Tim Buckley's original, earth-shockingly emotive songs provide more than enough narrative momentum for many affecting scenes with either father or son to play out almost without dialog. And in another smart move, any necessary exposition regarding Jeff's personal arc is handled through Before Sunrise-esque exchanges he has with a young woman he befriends while preparing for the concert, conversations that are always strikingly on point, but never too on the nose.

It also cannot be overstated how magically and completely Penn Badgley inhabits Jeff Buckley as a man and a musician. The mere fact that Badgley performed all of his vocals for the part live is reason enough to see the film, as Jeff Buckley had a rare, otherworldly voice and dexterous musical ability, both vocally and on the guitar -- and Badgley nails it with absolute perfection. He does this not only when he sings prearranged songs, but when he riffs and improvises during jam sessions, always with every ounce of Buckley's range, not to mention his strange and clever rhythmic and tonal choices. But even greater still, perhaps, is Badgley's overall characterization, which channels Buckley's unique personal mannerisms with such organic precision that we can sense the very physical and psychological undercurrents that they derive from. Often, Badgley conjures the singer's combination of energetic mania and laid-back California fluidity with what looks like total ease.

The narrative in Greetings From Tim Buckley only takes place during those few days leading up to the concert, so it's up to the audience to know what lies ahead for Jeff: the groundbreaking solo album, the untold critical acclaim, and the deeply tragic untimely death that befell him, drowning in a river he impulsively dove into just on the heels of his plans for a sophomore album. But the odd mixture of doom and grace that would follow Jeff in life is still present in the movie, lending a further sense of beauty and loss to what would already be one of the most moving musical stories told on film.

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