DJ AM Documentary Followed by Mix Master Mike Tribute/After Party @ SF Jewish Film Festival Today & Tom.

Posted by Billyjam, July 30, 2015 01:50pm | Post a Comment

During last year's San Francisco Jewish Film Festival (SFJFF), the curators of the festival presented by the Jewish Film Institute dedicated a whole event to "the original American Jewish rappers" the Beastie Boys. The music theme continues this year during the 35th annual 2015 SF JFF (July 23 to August 9th)  when among the screenings will be the California premiere of the documentary on the tumultuous life and death of Adam Goldstein (better known as the late DJ AM) entitled As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM. The bio-documentary tells the bittersweet tale of the life of the DJ/remixer/producer/musician's rise to fame as superstar DJ on the Vegas strip, his early tireless, crate digging days, his underground club DJing days in LA in the '90s, his self-destructive substance abuse problems that he had put behind him, and his later membership of  both Crazy Town and of TRV$DJAM along with Travis Barker.

Naturally the film spends time on the 2008 fiery plane crash that killed four passengers. That's the well-publicized airline disaster that somehow Goldstein, along with the blink-182 member, miraculously survived. The tragedy of this tale is that, due to the post traumatic stress of the plane crash, that Goldstein lost his sobriety and, less than a year later, was found dead of a drug overdose in his NYC apartment. He was only 36-years-old.

Not to be confused with an earlier documentary on the same subject (Gone Too Far, which aired on MTV in the months following his death) this new documentary directed by Kevin Kerslake draws its content from interviews with family and friends as well as, according to the filmmaker, "Goldstein's searing Alcoholics Anonymous confessions" (hmmm, so much for sacred anonymity of the 12 step program!), which Kerslake apparently included to stress "the downward spiral" of his addicted subject "who was always willing to help others but took little time to confront his own demons." 

As I AM: The Life and Times of DJ AM screens on Thursday, July 30 at the Castro and Friday, July 31st at the California. Following Thursday night's screening is an after party/tribute to DJ AM at Public Works with none other than Mike Schwartz, aka the ISP/Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike. And for those wondering about the Mix Master Mike / DJ AM connection, it reportedly began four years ago (two years following Goldstein's suicide) when DJ AM's musical partner Travis Barker, who had just released his hip-hop / guest-heavy album Give The Drummer Some, needed someone to join him on tour in place of DJ AM. "After playing with AM so long and after he left, it was like I had to find the best DJ in the world," said Barker to MTV News at the time. Info & tix for the after party/tribute nights here

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