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‘Jimi: All is By My Side’ to open Seattle International Film Festival
22 Apr 2014 : Deirdre Molumby
‘Jimi: All is By My Side’, starring Outkast’s Andre Benjamin in the title role, has been selected to open the Seattle Film Festival on May 15. The film is a biopic based on the life of legendary musician Jimi Hendrix, who himself hailed from Seattle. John Ridley, who wrote and directed the film and recently won an Oscar for his screenplay for ‘12 Years a Slave’, is scheduled to attend the event.

The feature film is an Irish/American/British co-production, and was co-produced by Dublin-based Subotica Entertainment and producer Tristan Orpen Lynch. The film received funding from the Irish Film Board. Its shooting locations included Dublin and Wicklow. Pre-production took place in Wicklow.

Imogen Poots, Burn Gorman and Hayley Atwell will co-star opposite Benjamin, as will Irish cast members Ruth Negga, Aoibhinn McGinnity, Laurence Kinlan and Amy De Bhrún. It is set for a release in Irish cinemas 8th August 2014.

The festival’s artistic director, Carl Spence, has stated, “I can’t think of a more fitting film to open our 40th – as SIFF looks back on where we’ve come from and forward to where we’re going, we’re inviting everyone to come together to see a film that traces the origins of a Seattle music legend.

“The film and music communities of Seattle have proved to be a source of incredible creative expression capable of garnering attention worldwide, and Jimi encapsulates that.”

‘Jimi: All is By My Side’ premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and screened as part of SXSW in Texas. Two preview clips of the film are available to view here.

The 40th Seattle International Film Festival runs from May 15th to June 8th.

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