New Tom Petty Documentary Coming to Theaters in October

Rick Rubin and Tom Petty during the 'Wildflowers' sessions
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Tom Petty's estate will celebrate his birth date (Oct. 20) with a special screening of a new documentary on the rocker's classic Wildflowers.

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers is, true to its title, an in-depth look at the creation of Petty's second solo album apart from longtime band The Heartbreakers (several of whom, like many of Petty's proper solo albums, made vital contributions to the sessions), originally released in 1994 and given an acclaimed reissue in 2020. (The documentary, too, has already received some acclaim of its own, winning the Audience Award at South by Southwest earlier this year as well as Best Documentary Film at the Boulder Film Festival.)

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The feature-length film, as seen in the clip above, will combine original 16-millimeter footage of the recording sessions alongside new interviews with collaborators like album producer Rick Rubin and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Benmont Tench.

Somewhere You Feel Free will play at select theaters on Oct. 20 (with some encore presentations the next day) - but for fans who can't make it to the theater, fear not: the documentary is set to premiere later this year on YouTube for free.

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