JOHN MELLENCAMP: IT’S ABOUT YOU – A FILM BY KURT & IAN MARKUS — JANUARY NYC & LA SCREENINGS ANNOUNCED
John Mellencamp: It’s About You – A Film By Kurt and Ian Markus will premiere for a limited engagement at the IFC Center in New York City (January 4-16, 2012) and at the Music Hall in Los Angeles (January 6-16 2012). WatchMellencamp.com for updates and a great contest with special items surrounding the film. Please note that this is the complete 80 minute version of the film. A shorter version was shown before concerts on John’s No Better Than This Tour. Additional screenings of the movie in other cities may be announced and watch for a DVD release later this year!
JOHN MELLENCAMP: IT’S ABOUT YOU
Directed by renowned photographer Kurt Markus and his son, Ian Markus, It’s About You is a new musical documentary that offers a rare and intimate look at the life and music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp. The film premiered at this year’s SXSW festival and follows Mellencamp on his summer 2009 concert tour and during the recording of his most recent album, 2010’s universally acclaimed No Better Than This, the sessions for which took place at American musical and historical landmarks, including Sun Studios in Memphis and the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA. We see Mellencamp recording – with a single mike and mono tape recorder more than half a century old – in the same hotel room where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson created some of his most memorable work. Along the way, Mellencamp reveals a side not often seen by the public, in a film that becomes a soulful, highly personal meditation on small-town America.
Kurt Markus’ photography has appeared in such leading publications as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, GQ and The New York Times Magazine, and he has shot cutting-edge ad campaigns for BMW, Armani, Nike and other companies. His unique vision has been brought to bear on It’s About You, which was shot on Super 8 and whose vintage Americana look is the cinematic equivalent of a well-worn pair of jeans.
Running Time: 80 Minutes
Pro8mm was the all inclusive lab for this film . “It’s About You,” a 90 minute documentary shot entirely on Super 8 film by Kurt and Ian Markus. The filmmakerts folllowed John Mellencamp for six-weeks in the summer of 2009 where he was performing in small outdoor stadiums across America along with Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. During the tour, Mellencamp recorded his new album, “No Better Than This,” which included a session at legendary Sun Studios in Memphis . Kurt and Ian shot Pro8/19, Super 8/63, and Super 8/85 with a couple of 6008 Super 8 cameras, which we modified for Max 8 and crystal sync. Following the premier at SXSW in Austin, which Mellancamp attended, the film continued to screen at all of John’s live concert’s at venues around the country and in Europe. It served as his opening act. What an amazing experience to see our Super 8 workflows with thousands of people on a 40-foot screen. It was a proud moment seeing it in LA at the Nokia Theater watching the crowd react with thunderous applauses. Working closely with filmmakers Kurt and Ian Markus , we provided all the super 8 film, processing, HD scanning to Pro Res as well as the camera support. Kurt shot the film with two Beaulieu Cameras modified for Max 8 (16 x 9 aspect ratio) and crystal sync. In the scanning suite colorist and Pro8mm Owner Phil Vigeant performed a number of special effects. These included scanning photos that Kurt Markus shot that were rephotographed on Super 8 film .
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