Electric Church movie poster

Jan 22 2019



Captured in front of his largest U.S. audience, the documentary features Hendrix at the historic July 4, 1970 performance at the ‘Southern Woodstock’

Abramorama announced today a partnership with Experience Hendrix L.L.C. and Sony Legacy Recordings to release Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church in select theaters around the world. The film opens at the ArcLight Hollywood theater on January 31st with a special Q&A with director John McDermott, legendary record producer and engineer Eddie Kramer (best known for not only collaborating with Hendrix but also with The Beatles, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones and others) and Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix C.E.O. Janie Hendrix. The post-screening panel will be moderated by 89.3-KPCC’s John Rabe. The much-lauded documentary, which originally aired on Showtime, tells the story of the Jimi Hendrix Experience’s involvement as the headliner of the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, then hailed as the ‘Southern Woodstock.’

Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abrmorama stated, “We’re honored to add another Jimi Hendrix movie to the exalted list of music films we’ve released. Jimi certainly belongs in the pantheon with The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Pearl Jam, Tony Bennett and the many others we’ve been privileged to handle around the world.”

Janie Hendrix commented on the Electric Church partnership with Abramorama, “It’s thrilling on so many levels. Seeing Jimi re-introduced around the world through this platform is something of a rebirth.” She added, “The moments captured in the film are timeless. Jimi’s music and his showmanship are born again for new generations in his Electric Church. It’s very exciting.”

Unquestionably one of the most exciting rock musicians of his generation, Jimi Hendrix captivated the world with his highly stylized approach to blues guitar. Electric Church features an interview with Paul McCartney who freely admits to worshipping Hendrix, commenting, “We all played guitar. We all knew a bit. But he seemed to know more than us.” The film features interviews with Hendrix’s Experience band mates Billy Cox and the late Mitch Mitchell as well as Steve Winwood, Rich Robinson, Kirk Hammett, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, festival organizer Alex Cooley and many others.

The film contains breathtaking, color 16mm footage of Jimi Hendrix’s July 4, 1970 appearance, a mere ten weeks before his untimely passing. Atlanta International Pop Festival footage in Electric Church was shot by Steve Rash, later known for directing the Hollywood films The Buddy Holly Story and Can’t Buy Me Love. Standout performances from the film include the Hendrix classics “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” as well as confident, compelling versions of “Straight Ahead,” “Freedom” and “Room Full Of Mirrors.” Hendrix aficianados and fans of rock’s classic ‘60s – ‘70s era will not want to miss this Electric Church.

Link to view Electric Church trailer: https://youtu.be/8_9hVTkHafM

31 – Los Angeles CA – Arc Light Hollywood *
31 – New York – IFC

1 – 7 – Buffalo NY – North Park Theatre
8 – 10 – Phoenix AZ – FilmBar
11 – Vancouver BC – Vancity Theatre
13 – Seattle WA – SIFF Cinema Uptown **
15 – Shreveport LA – Robinson Film Center
17, 19 – Columbus OH – Gateway Film Center
20 – San Antonio, TX – Santikos Bijou
21- Eugene OR – Broadway Metro
21 – 21, 28 – Hudson NY – Time & Space Limited
22 – Lake Worth, FL – Lakeworth Playhouse
22 – Boise ID – The Flicks
22 – 24 – Albuquerque NM – Guild Cinema
22 – 28 – Howell MI – Historia Howell Theater
22 – 28 – Fayetteville NC – Cameo Art House
22 – Long Beach CA – The Art Theatre
24 – 25 – Cathedral City/Palm Springs CA – Mary Pickford 14
24, 26 – Florence OR – City Lights Cinemas
25 – Nashville TN – Belcourt Theatre ***
25 – Fairfield CT – StageOne
26 – Bellingham WA – Pickford Theater
27 – State College PA – The State Theater
27 – Kansas City MO – Tivoli Cinemas
28 – Newport RI – Janes Pickens Theater
28 – Mystic CT – Mystic Luxury Cinemas
28 – El Paso TX – Alamo Drafhouse

1 – Baton Rouge LA – Manship Theatre
1 – 3, 9 – 10 Hudson NY – Time & Space Limited
2 – 3 Long Beach CA – The Art Theatre
4 – 5 – Newton NJ – Skylands PAC
5 – 7, 17 -Toronto, ONT – Hot Doc
8 – Schnectady NY – Proctors Theatre
9 – Monterey CA – The Golden State Theatre
11 – Salem OR – Salem Cinema
24 – Asbury Park NJ – Showroom Cinemas

3 – Stamford CT – The Avon Theatre Film Center

* Post-screening discussion with Eddie Kramer and John McDermott and Janie Hendrix

** Post-screening discussion with Janie Hendrix

*** Post-screening discussion with Billy Cox

About Experience Hendrix L.L.C.
Founded by James ‘Al’ Hendrix, Jimi’s father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix, has been managed since its inception by the family members handpicked by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of their daily operations, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi’s timeless legacy on a worldwide basis.

About Legacy Recordings
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, is home to the world’s foremost library of historically significant commercial recordings, a peerless collection of works by the most important musical artists of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Across a variety of platforms, the label offers contemporary music fans access to thousands of meticulously restored and remastered archival titles representing virtually every musical genre including popular, rock, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, country, gospel, Broadway musicals, movie soundtracks, rap/hip-hop, world music, classical, comedy and more.

About Abramorama
Abramorama is the preeminent global rights management partner for music films today and is recognized for the consistent high quality of its work on award winning feature films. An innovator in the focused, personalized form of film distribution and event cinema, Abramorama provides invaluable alternatives to filmmakers and content owners. An industry leader in marketing, promotion, and global distribution, Abramorama continues to trail-blaze exciting new pathways for filmmakers to find their audience. Over the course of more than 15 years, Abramorama has successfully distributed and marketed hundreds of films, including Ron Howard’s Grammy Award®-winning The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years; David Leland’s Concert for George; Danny Clinch and Pearl Jam’s Let’s Play Two; Paul Dugdale and Myles Desenberg’s Above & Beyond Acoustic – Giving Up The Day Job; Amir Bar-Lev’s Long Strange Trip – The Untold Story of the Grateful Dead; Corbett Redford and Green Day’s Turn It Around: The Story of East Bay Punk, John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane – The John Coltrane Documentary; Sam Pollard’s Two Trains Runnin’; Brett Bern’s BANG! The Bert Berns Story; Brett Morgen and National Geographic’s seminal Jane; Charles Ferguson’s Time To Choose; Asif Kapadia’s Senna; Neil Young’s Greendale; Cameron Crowe’s Pearl Jam Twenty; Sacha Gervasi’s Anvil! The Story of Anvil; Banksy’s Academy Award® nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop; the surprise indie hit Awake: The Life of Yogananda; Laurie Anderson’s astonishing New York Times critics’ pick, Heart of a Dog, Showtime’s National Board of Review Winner Listen to Me Marlon and Draft House Releasing’s 2016 Documentary Academy Award®-nominee and IDA Best Documentary Winner The Look of Silence. Abramorama is a founding partner of The Seventh Art Stand program, an act of cinematic solidarity against Islamophobia, that ran in more than 50 theaters across the United States in May of 2017. Abramorama recently launched its music centric film fund focused on the global release of iconic music documentaries. For more information visit www.abramorama.com.