Lost Angel: The Genius of Judee Sill – Co-directors Brian Lindstrom & Andy Brown

LOST ANGEL: THE GENIUS OF JUDEE SILL is an intimate documentary portrait of a one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter from 1970s LA – Judee Sill.  It charts her life from a troubled adolescence of addiction, armed robbery and prison through her meteoric rise in the music world and early tragic death. In two years, Judee went from living in a car to a deal with Asylum Records and the cover of Rolling Stone. As told by David Geffen, Linda Ronstadt, JD Souther, Jackson Browne and Graham Nash — along with Judee herself — the film explores Judee’s unique musical style and the inspiring recent rediscovery of her singular music fostered by Shawn Colvin, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Adrianne Lenker and Buck Meek of Big Thief, and Weyes Blood.   Co-directors Brian Lindstrom and Andy Brown join us for a conversation how they discovered this nearly forgotten artist, their search for archival material on Judee Sill, finding the “right” way to tell her story, and connecting with wide array of artist, young and older who have been inspired by Judee’s enduring work.


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In Theaters and On Amazon & Apple TV on April 12

About the filmmaker – Director and Producer Brian Lindstrom’s award-winning films explore the inner resources of marginalized people. His 2019 New York Times Op-Doc We Are Forbidden, produced with his wife, Cheryl Strayed, is a participatory film empowering teen girls in Nepal to share their experiences of menstrual stigma. Mothering Inside follows incarcerated moms and their children. It was instrumental in the advocacy movement which made Oregon the first state to pass a Bill of Rights for the Children of Incarcerated Parents. His film Alien Boy: The Life & Death of James Chasse is an intense examination of police brutality in the death of a non-violent man experiencing mental illness (iTunes, Amazon, Hulu+, Kanopy; distributed by Breaking Glass Pictures). Finding Normal (2007) follows longtime heroin and crack addicts trying to rebuild their lives with the help of recovery mentors. It was selected by The Oregonian as one of the top ten films of the year. In 2016, Lindstrom was awarded the Media Arts Fellowship by the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, Oregon. This award is partially funding his documentary-in-progress about the only marathon program in the country for incarcerated youth.

About the filmmaker – Andy Brown is an actor and screenwriter from New York City.  This is his first documentary. His acting credits include The Daytrippers (1996) and a recurring role in the MTV series Austin Stories (1996) for which he also wrote. He co-wrote, co-directed and co-starred in the independent feature Pop Life(2002). As a writer-director, Andy also co-created the series The Horrible, Terrible Misadventures of David Atkins, which won an award at the New York Television Festival.  He has also worked in series development for Marshall Brickman and Castle Rock Entertainment.



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“Directors Andy Brown and Brian Lindstrom… create something that attains the same grace and beauty heard in Sill’s music.” – Jason Anderson, Uncut Magazine [UK]

“The definitive documentary of a brilliant, innovative early’70s singer-songwriter.” – Variety

“This forgotten music just has to be heard.” – The Guardian

“It is a great piece of lost classic rock history that so many will relish. It’s the kind of film that buries itself in your ribcage and keeps glowing for days afterward.” – Michael Talbot-Haynes, Film Threat