|For more than two years, filmmaker Jacob Hatley lived in Woodstock at Levon Helm’s and what emerges is a portrait of a man who lived to make music, a man known worldwide for his soulful voice as well as his multi-instrumental skills.|
As Levon’s collaborator and musical director Larry Campbell says of the film, “Jacob was the perfect fly on the wall … as we experienced the ups and downs of a wonderful time in all our lives. The result is a rare, artful, and honest glimpse into the fascinating world of one of our true American treasures, Levon Helm.” Starting with the image of an idling tour bus waiting in the stillness of an empty lot, this haunting portrait evokes the mood of a lifetime spent on the road making music. Shot during the course of two-plus years, the film focuses on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February of 2008. In November of that same year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him among The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences gave him a lifetime achievement award. And yet despite the honors and awards, this legend of American music was dealing with the burdens of renewed celebrity, continuing financial strain, and returning health problems. AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH is an intimate look as Levon and company struggle to keep moving forward.
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