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"As I Am: The Life and Time$ of DJ AM" will finally hit movie screens later this month, showing for one night only in more than 30 theaters across the country.
The documentary, which follows AM's early beginnings, as well as his influence on the music industry, was directed by Kevin Kerslake, who was authorized by the late DJs estate, and includes interviews with DJ Jazzy Jeff, Mark Ronson, Diplo, A-Trak, Steve Aoki, Dr. Drew and others. It has received rave reviews from Billboard, Rolling Stone, and Variety, but has not yet been shared with a U.S. audience.
Kerslake told Rolling Stone, "The DJ culture didn't really exist when he first got into it in the way that it did when he left it. He dragged that culture into places — not just bottle service and posh clubs — out of skills that were born of battle culture and broader genres. He fused all that in a way that was very personal and unique. I'm still awed by his tenacity and persistence in terms of blowing through whatever resistance there was to achieve success, as well as overcoming so much adversity in his life."
DJ AM, born Adam Goldstein, struggled with drug addiction throughout his life and was one of only two people (including Blink-182 member and acclaimed drummer Travis Barker) who survived a Learjet crash in 2008. Having been sober for 11 years, the incident subsequently left Goldstein with PTSD and severe burns that contributed to a prescription drug addiction. Less than a year later, at the age of 36, he was found dead of an overdose in his New York City apartment. A medical examiner said Goldstein died due to the combined effects of cocaine, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, Benadryl and Levamisole.
Watch the trailer (and view the tour dates) below.
5/27/16 Village East (full week) – New York, NY
6/1/16 Brenden Theatres – Las Vegas, NV
6/1 & 8/16 UltraStar Mission Valley – San Diego, CA
6/2/16 Angelika Carmel Mountain – San Diego, CA
6/2/16 Angelika Pop UP – Washington, DC
6/2/16 Consolidated Ward – Honolulu, HI
6/2/16 Reading Manville – Manville, NJ
6/2/16 Capitol Theatre – Cleveland, OH
6/2/16 Southside Works – Pittsburgh, PA
6/2/16 Frida Cinema – Santa Ana, CA
6/2/16 Angelika Dallas – Dallas, TX
6/2/16 Cobb Dolphin 19 – Miami, FL
6/2/16 Cobb Plaza Cinema Café – Orlando, FL
6/2/16 Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10 – St. Petersburg, FL
6/2/16 Pickford Film Center – Bellingham, WA
6/2/16 Angelika Mosaic – Fairfax, VA
6/3/16 Arclight Hollywood (full week) – Los Angeles, CA
6/3/16 Gateway Film Center – Columbus, OH
6/7/16 Cineplex Cinemas Park Lane – Halifax, NS, Canada
6/7/16 Cineplex Yonge-Dundas and VIP – Toronto, ON, Canada
6/7/16 SIE Film Center – Denver, CO
6/9/16Bow Tie Palace – Hartford, CT
6/9/16 Providence Place Cinemas – Providence, RI
6/10/16 Dairy Center for The Arts – Boulder, CO
6/12/16 Hollywood Theatre – Portland, OR
6/13/16 Alamo Drafthouse–The Ritz – Austin, TX