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For a period of five years, Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon diligently chronicled his own life, videotaping himself with a Hi-8 video camera through every step of his musical journey — starting out in Indiana, through his meteoric rise to alt-rock icon, up to the day of his death in 1995. These captivating moments finally come to life, beautifully edited, in the new documentary “All I Can Say,” which premieres Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival.
The film’s title is taken from the opening lines of Blind Melon’s instantly recognizable 1993 smash, “No Rain.” Culled entirely from Hoon’s archives, the footage is carefully crafted by Grammy-winning director Danny Clinch, along with co-directors Taryn Gould and Colleen Hennessy.
Years - Hoon - Passing - Girlfriend - Lisa
Years after Hoon’s passing, his girlfriend, Lisa Sinha, presented Clinch with a box full of tapes shot with the Hi-8 camera. What started as a different project about Blind Melon’s past and where they were headed in their current incarnation then took on a whole other life when bassist Brad Smith suggested the story just be told from Hoon’s perspective.
“We realized that we basically had all these videos of a guy who was videotaping himself obsessively for five years from before he was famous and up until really the day of the day of his death,” Clinch tells Variety. “It was at the dawn of technology where people started to film each other, and he was way ahead of the curve in a way. It’s like kind of one of the earliest moments of someone who was self-archiving his own life.”
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The documentary begins with footage shot before Hoon departed for Los Angeles and met bandmates Rogers Stevens, Brad Smith, Christopher Thorn and Glen Graham to form Blind Melon. It takes viewers inside all of the big, small and intimate intricacies of a life filled with...
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