Part of SFFILM Festival
Show Me The Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall
Director Alfred George Bailey is expected to attend both screenings.
Iconic images of Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, and just about every legendary music act of the 1960s and ’70s defined the career of San Francisco photographer Jim Marshall. Behind the scenes, a pugnacious personality and appetites for drugs and guns made him his own worst enemy. This riveting documentary includes rich archival Marshall interviews and contemporary observations from subjects, colleagues, loved ones, and friends, putting a towering talent and his life into perspective while showcasing the prodigious work that made him immortal.
“Show Me the Picture: The Story of Jim Marshall is, before anything else, a celebration of Marshall’s indelible images of the rock gods and goddesses who changed the world … Marshall, who spent most of his life in San Francisco, was as raw and vérité an artist as Robert Frank or Larry Clark, but his photographs have a rock-dream quality. When you stare at his black-and-white images, which are classics of the era but unlike anyone else’s (you feel you’re right up there on stage with the Rolling Stones, or lounging on a couch with Jimi or Janis, or staring into Jim Morrison’s eyes as he sucks on a cigarette, or eavesdropping on Duane Allman as he stands by himself playing guitar in a dingy bathroom), there’s a disarming sense of who the great rock stars were when they stepped out of their roles.” — Owen Gleiberman, Variety
With support from
Leslie Berriman & Nion McEvoy
Alfred George Bailey was a professional jazz drummer before switching careers and becoming a photographer, cinematographer, and film director. He made his directing debut with Gregory Porter: Don’t Forget the Music (2016), a documentary about the jazz, gospel, and soul singer.