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Her Aim Is True (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Biography, History | May 2013 (USA)
Before Leibovitz, there was Jini... Her Aim Is True brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer,... See full summary »

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Before Leibovitz, there was Jini... Her Aim Is True brings together musicians and rock photographers in an inspiring and unforgettable journey revealing unlikely rock 'n' roll photographer, Jini Dellaccio who visualized punk before it had a name and embodied indie before it was cool. In 1964, a middle-aged Dellaccio began hanging out with raucous garage bands in her backyard, creating innovative album covers. Soon she was capturing unprecedented portraits of Neil Young and early performances by The Who, Rolling Stones, Mitch Ryder and Mamas & Papas. An anthem for individual creativity, the film celebrates a legacy lost and found as it traces Dellaccio's ingenuity, spirit and style through participants in a gritty music subculture that like, Dellaccio, would set the bar for their descendants. Written by Anonymous

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Amazing Storytelling Over a Fabulous Soundtrack
7 December 2013 | by Elise Browne HughesSee all my reviews

I had never heard of Jini Dellaccio but came out of this film in love with her and her story. Filmmaker Karen Whitehead's portrait of Jini is inspiring--not because she picked out the good stuff to create a vanity piece, but because she tells a real story of a real person who the audience will certainly wish they knew. Jini was a middle-aged housewife and former jazz musician who fell into photography almost accidentally--then sweetly talked her way into creating album covers and photographing rock concerts. The result was beautiful and intimate images obviously made possible by a great rapport with her subjects, young rock stars who must have been startled by the warmth and acceptance exhibited by this motherly figure at a time when mothers didn't approve of boys with long hair! If the story weren't recommendation enough, the soundtrack, featuring many of the bands Jini captured, helps to create a goosebumps-inducing film-going experience.


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