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Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers

Drawn from an archive of 16mm film, Tom Petty works on his 1994 album Wildflowers.
(R, 105 min.)


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

6:30 PM 7:00 PM 9:00 PM

Thursday, October 21, 2021

7:00 PM


Winner of the 2021 SXSW Audience Award, Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers offers a unique take on the Petty legacy, diving deep into a condensed period of creativity and freedom for the legendary rock star. Capturing the period of 1993-1995, during which he created his seminal and most emotionally raw album Wildflowers, the unvarnished look at Petty features never-before-seen footage drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film as well as new interviews with album co-producers Rick Rubin and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, along with original Heartbreaker Benmont Tench. Director Mary Wharton illuminates an artist at the height of his powers, providing an intimate and emotional look at an enigmatic icon with archival footage of Petty and his band in the recording studio, behind-the-scenes on tour, and at home with his family, providing a view of Tom Petty as he has never been seen before. [Trafalgar Releasing]

Starring: Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, George Drakoulias
Director: Mary Wharton
Genre: Documentary, Music

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"A vivid, compelling documentary."

— Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage

"Somewhere You Feel Free is a beautiful musical tribute to one of rock’s greatest figures, gone all too soon."

— Clint Worthington, Consequence

"Somewhere You Feel Free is a love letter to Petty, but also to that most mysterious of alchemies, the chemistry of a rock 'n' roll band."

— Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter

"Instead of stitching together interviews and footage into a chronological plot, Wharton goes with the proverbial flow."

— Hunter Lanier, Film Threat

"If you ever felt a connection to Petty and his songs - full disclosure: I definitely did, to the music and the man - then Wharton's movie will make you love him again and miss him more."

— Steve Pond, TheWrap