Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Featuring never-before-seen footage from 1993-95 of Tom Petty and his band in the recording studio, at home with his family and behind the scenes of a tour, along with new interviews with his daughter Adria Petty, band members Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Steve Ferrone and producer Rick Rubin. “Somewhere You Feel Free” is an unvarnished look at Petty as he makes his most emotionally raw record. Written at a time when Petty’s marriage was falling apart and his career was at a crossroads, the songs’ lyrics reflected Petty’s desire for personal change, and the film shows him escaping into his art as a way to process his emotions. It is a view of Tom Petty as he has never been seen before.

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Mary Wharton


Director: Mary Wharton
Executive Producer: Warner Music Films
Producer: Peter Afterman
Cinematographer: Anne Etheridge
Editor: Mari Keiko Gonzalez
Music: Tom Petty
Principal Cast: Tom Petty, Rick Rubin, Mike Campbell, Benmont Tench, Steve Ferrone, George Drakoulias, Alan "Bugs" Weidel, Adria Petty, Stan Lynch, Howie Epstein
Additional Credits: Co-Producer: Sarah Haber, Re-Recording Mixer: Sue Pelino, Colorist: Nick Hasson, Illustrator: Blaze Ben Brooks


Publicity Contact
Peter Afterman
Sales Agent
Dan Braun
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Year: 2021
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre: Music
Screening Section: Headliners
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 89 mins