As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM covers the late, great mash-up pioneer's life from seed to sorrow. It shows his meteoric rise to become the first million dollar DJ in the States, a long-running struggle with addiction, titanic efforts to help others in recovery, tabloid romances with assorted models and actresses, top-shelf endorsement deals and appearances in Iron Man 2, Entourage and DJ Hero, and surviving, along with Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker, a fiery plane crash a little less than a year before his controversial and untimely death in 2009. Featuring interviews with Jon Favreau, Mark Ronson, Mix Master Mike, Steve Aoki, Diplo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Vice, A-Trak, Q-Bert, Z-Trip, Paul Oakenfold, Pasquale Rotella, Jason Bentley, Red Foo, Dr. Drew, Seth Binzer, Samantha Ronson and many others, along with music by artists as diverse as Jay-Z, Queen, Guns and Roses, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Oasis, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Daft Punk, etc., many of whom collaborated with AM at various points throughout his career.
"Adam Goldstein was friend to many in the '90s L.A. party scene, where he threw himself into a new found life as DJ AM. Overcoming several obstacles, including a troubled familial relationship and various addictions, DJ AM quickly rose to the top of the music industry. A pioneer of the mashup movement, he became one of the most recognizable DJs in the world. However, he remained haunted by the demons of his past. After cheating death in a plane crash, a subsequent overdose lead to his untimely death.
Director Kevin Kerslake presents a rousing portrait of an artist driven by passion and swallowed by fame. In detailing his meteoric rise and tragic demise, Kerslake intersperses interviews with some of the biggest names in music including Mark Ronson, Steve Aoki, Jazzy Jeff, and more, who testify to the excellence and influence of AM's deejay career. No voice is more powerful than AM's own as he posthumously narrates the film, always making clear his understanding that any day might be his last. —Loren Hammonds"
AS I AM: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF DJ AM is screening in TFF as follows:
BTC Theater 6 on Saturday, April 18 at 9:30 PM (Public)
Regal Theater 5 on Saturday, April 18 at 9:15 AM (P&I)
BTC Theater 7 on Wednesday, April 22 at 3:00 PM (Public)
Regal Theater 4 on Thursday, April 23 at 11:30 AM (P&I)
BTC Theater 6 on Saturday, April 25 at 9:30 PM (Public)
Director: Kevin Kerslake
Screenwriter: Kevin Kerslake
Producer: Robert Bruce, Dan Franklin, Kevin Kerslake, Joel Marcus
Editor: Joel Marcus
Associate Producer: Olivia Barash, Butch Mayo, Seven McDonald
Cinematographer: Kevin Kerslake
Executive Producer: Andrea Gross, Todd Andrew Alstrup, Sacha Cohen, Balthazar Getty, Noel Lohr, Cheryl Horner Sirulnick
Co-Producer: John Beug, Kate Franklin, Scott Pascucci, Kevin Scott, Jonathan Shecter
Cast: Adam Goldstein (aka DJ AM), Mark Ronson, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Steve Aoki, Jon Favreau, Diplo
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