Ain’t in it for My Health: A Film About Levon Helm


Director Jacob Hatley’s haunting, deeply personal portrait finds critically acclaimed musician Levon Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot over the course of two years before Helm’s death in 2012, this highly anticipated film focuses in on The Band founding member, four-time Grammy winner, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee after his successful 2007 album Dirt Farmer brought him back into the spotlight. While this period was artistically productive, Ain’t in it for My Health also shows Helm dealing with the burdens of renewed celebrity, continuing financial obligation, and returning health problems, forcing him to confront the demons that have haunted him since the demise of The Band (including throat cancer, bankruptcy, drug addiction and the tragic loss of band mates Richard Manuel and Rick Danko). The man known worldwide for his soulful voice, as well as his singular and unparalleled drumming and multi-instrumental skills, welcomed a camera crew inside his home and offered them unprecedented access in order to show the world an intimate side of his art and life. The end result is a powerful and inspiring portrait of an artist who refused to go quietly into the night. (Dir. by Jacob Hatley, 2013, USA, 83 mins., Kino Lorber Films) Digital