New Tom Petty Documentary Premiering at SXSW Online

NEWPORT, UNITED KINGDOM – JUNE 22: Tom Petty of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers performs on the main stage on day 2 of The Isle of Wight Festival at Seaclose Park on June 22, 2012 in Newport, Isle of Wight. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images).

South by Southwest (SXSW) is an annual music, film and interactive media festival in Austin, Texas, happening since 1987. After being canceled in 2020, the 2021 SXSW will look a bit different this year, as many “events” similarly have. SXSW 2021 (March 16 – March 20) will be all virtual, and lucky us – they’re premiering the brand new Tom Petty documentary, Somewhere You Feel Free. Directed by Mary Wharton and produced by Peter Afterman, the film summary on the SXSW website is described as:

Drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film showing Tom Petty at work on his 1994 record Wildflowers, considered by many including Rolling Stone to be his greatest album ever, “Somewhere You Feel Free” is an intimate view of a musical icon. 

SXSW says, “A film will remain available on-demand until it hits its audience capacity or the event end. Those without a capacity limit will be available for the duration of the event. While SXSW is a global event, certain films will be restricted to access in the United States due to rights and/or filmmaker or distributor discretion.” Grab the full lineup of music, film, and other activations at SXSW here.




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