The late singer-songwriter Elliott Smith was a fascinating enigma, critically lauded and even enjoying a momentary mainstream breakthrough with the Academy Award-nominated “Miss Misery” from the 1998 film “Good Will Hunting.”
Smith died on Oct. 21, 2003 at the age of 34 from two stab wounds in his chest and a nearby note reading “I’m so sorry -- love, Elliott. God forgive me,” though his death was not ruled a suicide. He had openly battled depression and substance abuse, some of which fed the melancholy material on the five albums he recorded while alive and the two more that were released posthumously.
Smith’s life and music are explored in the documentary “Heaven Adores You,” which will be shown on Friday, Oct. 3, at the Magic Bag in Ferndale. Directed by Nickolas Rossi, “Heaven Adores You” tells Smith`s story through filmed interview and performance footage as well as conversations with family members, friends and associates who had a front row seat to Smith’s creative genius and troubled rise.
“Heaven Adores You” premiered during May at the San Francisco International Film Festival and is currently being tour to help raise money to pay for the licensing rights to Smith’s music -- including a dozen previously unreleased songs -- that were granted to Rossi.