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Jobriath A.D. (2014)

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Seventies glam rock musician Jobriath was known as "The American Bowie," "The True Fairy of Rock & Roll," and "Hype of the Year." The first openly gay rock star, Jobriath's reign was brief, lasting less than two years and two albums. Done in by a over‐hyped publicity machine, shunned by the gay community, and dismissed by critics as all flash and no substance, Jobriath was excommunicated from the music business. He retreated to the Chelsea Hotel where he died, forgotten, in 1983 at the age of 37, as one of the earliest casualties of AIDS. In the years since his death, new generations of fans have discovered his music through acts as diverse as Morrissey, Def Leppard, The Pet Shop Boys, and Gary Numan, all of whom have cited Jobriath as an influence. Through interviews, archival material, and animation, audiences can experience the heartbreaking and unbelievable story of the one, the only, Jobriath. (c) Factory 25

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Henry Rollins
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Critic Reviews for Jobriath A.D.

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Hampered by limited video of Jobriath, the film lacks a sense of him or his music.

Full Review… | May 1, 2014
New York Times
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A cubist portrait of an unknowable man and a dramatic whodunit about an artist-victim who died by a thousand cuts.

Full Review… | April 29, 2014
Village Voice
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Documentary maker Kieran Turner attempts to rehabilitate Jobriath's reputation, presenting him as a gifted musician and a gay-rights pioneer.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Chicago Reader
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A long-forgotten, envelope-pushing figure of 1970s rock will be hard to forget again after Jobriath A.D.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Variety
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Eye-opener introduces a glam rocker who should be a better known part of pop history.

Full Review… | January 31, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
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In unexceptional fashion, Turner uses a parade of talking heads and multiple montages of grainy film clips and archival stills to paint a picture of the artist-as-chameleon.

Full Review… | January 30, 2014
Seattle Times
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Audience Reviews for Jobriath A.D.

This documentary is not getting much attention yet, however you need to take a look. During the 70s the Glam rock period was just starting and was a precursor actually to the 80s, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, and Lady GaGa. This time was a birth to someone whose rock music was layered and classical in many ways. Jobriath became a sensation overnight through hype and crashed after a couple of record albums; he was the first out rock artist in decade when it wasn't cool to be like Boy George. Big guns such as Carly Simon's promoter Jerry Brandt and Elektra records worked hard to get the public to see this musical genius...yet they were not ready. This is Jobriath's journey to the stars and his fall to Earth. I can not recommend this movie enough. If it plays in your area see it. Kieran Turner's direction and structure keeps you interested and show the love that he has put in to make this a compelling story.

Eric Archer
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