Levon Helm documentary coming to SXSW
Friday, February 5, 2010
– "Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm" will make its world premiere at this year's SXSW Festival.
Directed by Jacob Hatley, the movie forces him to confront the dark times that have haunted him since The Band's demise: throat cancer, bankruptcy, drug addiction and the tragic loss of band mates Richard Manuel and Rick Danko.
Schedule of show times to be announced shortly. This year's SXSW Festival runs from March 12-21 in Austin.
Helm recently won his second consecutive Grammy Award in the category of "Best Americana Album" for "Electric Dirt," his second release on Vanguard/Dirt Farmer Music.
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