4/7/2015 | SIFF Cinema
Rachel Eggers | 206.315.0683 | rachel.eggers@siff.net

SEATTLE -- April 7, 2015 -- In a poignant homecoming, the intimate Kurt Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck will play the SIFF Cinema Egyptian on Capitol Hill in a week-long Seattle exclusive beginning Thursday, April 23. Director Brett Morgen will be attendance on Thursday to introduce the film and take part in a Q&A following the screening. 

The film will be released the next day - April 24 - in Los Angeles and New York, and it will debut on HBO on May 4. 

"Located in the heart of Seattle's thriving music and nightclub scene, SIFF Cinema Egyptian is the perfect place to present Brett Morgen's definitive film on Kurt Cobain," says Carl Spence, SIFF's Artistic Director. "Brett masterfully explores the life of a troubled genius and gives new understanding to one of the greatest musicians of our time."

Montage of Heck is the first documentary about Cobain to be made with the family's cooperation, including Frances Bean Cobain, who served as co-executive producer. With help from Courtney Love and from Kurt's mother, Wendy Cobain, Morgen and his team were given unprecedented access to his personal archives, including home movies, recordings, artwork, photography, and journals. 

Morgen weaves together all of these elements into a detailed picture of Kurt from his earliest years in Aberdeen through the height of his fame, emerging with a raw, visceral portrait of an artist at odds with his surroundings and a man searching for connection and a sense of family. 

In interviews, Morgen has stated his aims with the project: "When you make something like this generally one of two things happen: You either put someone on a pedestal or you tear them down. We were trying to do neither. We weren't trying to put him on a pedestal and weren't trying to tear him down, we were trying to look him in the eye." 

"Magically captures something few rock docs convey: the heart and soul, the very essence of their subject." - Austin Chronicle

"The Most Intimate Rock Doc Ever " - Rolling Stone 

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Dubbed the "mad scientist" of documentary film by the New York Times, Brett Morgen has been directing, writing, and producing ground breaking documentary films for the past 15 years. His credits include On the Ropes (1999), The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), Chicago 10 (2007), Nimrod Nation (2008), June 17, 1994 (2010), and Crossfire Hurricane (2012). 

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