The Jimi Hendrix documentary, “Electric Church”, will now be screened in select cinemas worldwide starting January 31st. The movie, which was directed by John McDermott, relives the time the guitar icon played in front of his largest U.S. audience, the Atlanta International Pop Festival on July 4th, 1970 –this was just two months before his death in London at the age of 27.
The documentary was originally shown on Showtime in 2015, and highlights Hendrix performing his classics: “Hey Joe,” “Voodoo Child (Slight Return),” “Purple Haze,” Freedom” and “Room Full Of Mirrors.”
When you add the interviews with Hendrix’s Experience bandmates Billy Cox and Mitch Mitchell, Paul McCartney, Steve Winwood, and even Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, you’ve got a really comprehensive look into the life and times of the guitar legend.
With the launch of “Jimi Hendrix: Electric Church” there will also be a special Q&A with director McDermott, producer and engineer Eddie Kramer, as well as Jimi’s sister and Experience Hendrix CEO, Janie Hendrix.
Janie says: “Seeing Jimi re-introduced around the world through this platform is something of a rebirth,” adding: “The moments captured in the film are timeless. Jimi’s music and his showmanship are born again for new generations in his Electric Church. It’s very exciting.”
As well as the big opening night in Hollywood, Janie will be making an appearance at a screening in Jimi’s hometown of Seattle, WA on February 13th, bassist Billy Cox will be handling a Q&A session following the films screening in Nashville, TN on February 25th.
McDermott told Billboard: “The excitement of seeing this vibrant, unusually talented guy do these things, that’s what connects and inspires people,” adding: “Nothing articulates Hendrix better than Hendrix. To see him on a film screen, larger than life, you get to really understand what he was about.”
Check out the trailer for the movie below: