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Heaven Adores You, Elliott Smith: An Interview with Filmmakers Nickolas Dylan Rossi and Kevin Moyer

Elliott Smith

A stunning new documentary, “Heaven Adores You“, about the life and music of Elliott Smith, has just started making the festival rounds. I had the pleasure of privately screening the film this past week in advance of upcoming public showings in Detroit and Portland, and I suggest you go see it the first opportunity you get.

The film is an intimate tribute to Elliott Smith’s greatness and light, told by his closest friends and collaborators, and woven through original music and stories from his time in Portland, New York City and Los Angeles. “Heaven Adores You” is a beautiful experience, start-to-finish — just as Elliott’s life was.

Watch the “Heaven Adores You” trailer, then read our conversation below.

Logan Lynn: I just finished the film, which I watched through a mix of tears and laughter – very appropriate for the man it is about, I’d say. The music is such a big piece of the story, and you used it expertly. How did you decide which songs to use?

Kevin Moyer: It was such an honor to be able to use Elliott’s own music, and of course it was also crucial for us because we have said all along we wanted the focus to be on his creative output rather than more sensational aspects of his life and death. But have to also show his life if you are intending to show Elliott progressing as an artist, so we did that again using the music as the anchor — as the tent poles for the journey. We take you through his life by using the music he created and the albums he released as the kind of life chapters or sections of the film, starting with music he made as a young kid in Texas all the way up to the album he was working on when he died. We you where he was at when creating each one and we used those physical and tangible artistic achievements as the musical check points to tell the story. We wanted to use stuff that would be new and interesting to the existing fans who can be very hardcore and already knowledgeable of almost everything he ever did, balanced with stuff that was already familiar to the casual fan who only slightly knew his music, and also include stuff that was accessible and representative for the people who had never heard his music at all. And we wanted to also show his progression as a song writer.

Moyer: You can feel his sound forming and his evolution as an artist as you move through the film. I got to look into the vaults of both labels (Universal and KRS) and spent a good amount of time with friend and Elliott archivist Larry Crane, too. Basically, I dug through lots and lots of music and then narrowed it down to just the stuff that that I thought would be interesting and most relevant for us to use — probably about 150 tracks or so — and then that’s what I brought to the team; stuff from both labels, as well as stuff from friends, his high school days, his childhood in Texas, tapes from rehearsals, live performances, alternate versions of studio recordings, etc. I slowly began sending them to Nickolas (Rossi) who was huddled up in New York editing the footage together to tell the story. Every morning for about two weeks I would send him a batch of tracks — usually stuff he had never heard before, two or three songs at a time — because I wanted to give them each space to breathe so they could each be considered on their own accord. With each one, I’d tell him how I felt it might fit with different things we were discussing, what energy or vibe it might bring, what the lyrics might help to showcase, and so on. On his end, Nickolas compiled all of what I was sending him and then he did the same and put them through his own creative filter…

Nickolas Dylan Rossi: The short answer of course, is that some of these tracks were chosen for personal reasons, some for utilitarian reasons, but more often than not, they were the melody and the words that paired best with the visuals for the feeling that I had experienced while listening to Elliott that I wanted to share with an audience. The music is one of the main characters in the film, as are the locations. Throughout the process making the film, Read the rest of this entry »

Logan Lynn and UK Rugby Star Ben Cohen in Portland (PHOTOS)

Ben Cohen (2014)

So here I am with UK Rugby Star Ben Cohen at The Nines Hotel in Portland last year:

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Ben posted this photo on his Twitter last night and I woke to literally thousands of new followers — mostly queer men who are in love with Ben (and, apparently, my beard).

Cute, right?

;-)

Ben Cohen Tweet to Logan Lynn

Just sayin’…

Read Logan Lynn’s Review of Q Portland with Carrie Brownstein & Cheryl Strayed on Huffington Post

Carrie Brownstein at Q Portland by Natalie Behring and Getty Images

I had a great time at Q Portland last week. Read my review of the show on HuffPost Entertainment HERE. It caused the following Twittergasm, as well:

:-)
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Well, Hi There: An Interview With Jian Ghomeshi

Jian Ghomeshi Interview with Logan Lynn - 2014 Queer Voices - Image Courtesy of Q on CBC Radio

(Originally Published on Queer Voices on 4/24/2014)

If you listen to NPR / PRI in the U.S., you already know Jian Ghomeshi as an award-winning broadcaster, writer, musician, producer and host of the multimedia phenomenon known simply as “Q” — or as The Washington Post calls it, “the most popular new arts and culture radio show in America”. If you are Canadian, or at all familiar with Canadian media, pop culture, or the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), then you know Jian Ghomeshi is a household name in that country — and he is well on his way to becoming one in this country as you read this.

Born in London, England, of Iranian descent, Jian Ghomeshi is smart, talented and handsome — a triple threat with a sharp tongue, unabashedly advocating for the voiceless among us along his journey to the top. He was recently named one of Maclean’s Magazine’s “50 Most Important People In Canada” and one of Read the rest of this entry »

LOOK: Logan Lynn Featured on Portland Society Page with Ruth Radelet from Chromatics (PHOTOS)

Logan Lynn and Ruth Radelet from Chromatics at Q Center Winter Gala

This year I attended Q Center’s Annual Gala fundraiser for Portland’s LGBTQ Community with Ruth Radelet, lead singer of Chromatics (and muse to Karl Lagerfeld). We are old friends and it was a really fun, fancy night. Portland Society Page featured the event and ran a photo of the two of us being fancy and having fun HERE.

Below are some of the highlights from our evening…

Ruth Radelet at Q Center Gala 2014Logan Lynn - Ruth Radelet - Aleksandr Peikrishvili - at Q Center Winter Gala 2014
Kissing Dudes at Parties FTWShe Bids She Scores
Logan Lynn and Wild Planet Radio at Q Center GalaLogan Ruth and Rob at Q Center Gala 2014



 

 

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