Wednesday, May 15 - Thurday, May 30
The Roxie is pleased to present the U.S. Theatrical Premiere of Jeroen Berkvens' fascinating new film about the late influential British singer/songwriter Nick Drake, A SKIN TOO FEW: THE DAYS OF NICK DRAKE.
"I always say that Nick was born with a skin too few," says actress Gabrielle Drake about her brother Nick (1948-1974). It took twenty posthumous years for his music to gain recognition. A SKIN TOO FEW approaches the silent landscapes, locations, people and music in the life of this unorthodox loner. Nick Drake is one of Rock's most tragically romantic figures. There were only 26 years between his birth and his death; a time span that for many would be far too short to develop a talent or realize an ambition or a dream. Nick Drake captured time, beauty, loss, and wistful desires with precision in his subtly crafted songs.
Nick Drake's rediscovery is all too bizarre considering his tortured existence. Except for boarding school and Cambridge University he seldom left his parents' home, and contact with others became a tremendous effort. His sensitivity was the basis for his talent, but at the same time it made him unable to face an audience. Caught in this spiral, he became increasingly embittered by his lack of success and gradually isolated himself. The testimonies in A SKIN TOO FEW describe an artist of integrity who symbolizes the destructive effect of loneliness. Nick Drake died silently and unobtrusively, and to this day it isn't clear whether his death was self-determined or unintentional. The significance of the three albums he left the world was only discovered two decades after his quiet passing. For more info, log onto nickdrakefilm.com.
Directed by Jeroen Berkvens. 50 min. 2000.
"So beautifully measured and crafted that it carries a hypnotic, lyrical gravity....English musician Drake pretty much constitutes the prototype for died-young, acquired-taste, didn't-sell-shit-when-alive makers of beautiful/sad art who are now considered a personal totem by every person who falls under their posthumous spell.." -- Dennis Harvey, SF Bay Guardian
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