Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Film Offers Never-Before-Seen Look Into ‘The Life and Times of DJ AM’

Tribeca Film Festival Documentary Film Offers Never-Before-Seen Look Into ‘The Life and Times of DJ AM’

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Rinse Daily was blessed to be in attendance for the Tribeca Film Festival premiere screening of the new and much-anticipated biopic “As I AM: The Life And Time$ of DJ AM.” Holding true to the title, the film told the story from an unfiltered perspective, detailing the extreme highs of DJ AM’s career, which included signing the First-Ever Million Dollar Deal for a DJ residency, and landing the most exclusive gigs imaginable, ranging from Madonna’s own backyard birthday party to spinning Tony Stark’s party in the first “Iron Man” movie. DJ AM is credited as an inventor and pioneer the “mash-up” technique, and neither Hip-Hop nor EDM as a genres would be what they are today without his influence.

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However, DJ AM’s life included many instances of rock-bottom, as he struggled throughout his life to curb an addiction to crack cocaine and other lethal drugs. As Director Kevin Kerslake stated during the Q&A session, this was a story of “sex, drugs and rock and roll,” but also a “tragedy.”

He did successfully manage to stay sober for 11 years which coincided with his astronomically successful run, but a 2008 plane crash in which he and Travis Barker were the sole survivors played into his eventual overdose and death, as he was placed on Xanax and painkillers to recover from his burns and injuries.

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Ultimately, this docufilm tells the story of an addict who lived a manic obsession with whatever his mind was preoccupied with, be it Music, Fame, Success or Drugs. It celebrates the life of a man who was and will always continue to be an icon for so many around the world, and yet a cautionary tale to those who are trapped in the tangled web of success and addiction.

For more information on the film and future screenings, please visit: https://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/as-i-am-the-life-and-times-of-dj-am-2015

 

 


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