It's About You


It's About You (2012)


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It's About You is a new musical documentary that offers a rare and intimate look at the life and music of Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Mellencamp. The film premiered at this year's SXSW festival and follows Mellencamp on his summer 2009 concert tour and during the recording of his most recent album, 2010's universally acclaimed No Better Than This, the sessions for which took place at American musical and historical landmarks, including Sun Studios in Memphis and the First African Baptist Church in Savannah, GA. We see Mellencamp recording - with a single mike and mono tape recorder more than half a century old - in the same hotel room where legendary bluesman Robert Johnson created some of his most memorable work. Along the way, Mellencamp reveals an emotional side never before seen by the public, in a film that becomes a soulful, highly personal meditation on his beloved small-town America. -- (C) IFC Center

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Throughout it all, Markus and his son capture the poetic melancholy of a mostly rural America with an eloquence that recalls the photographs of Robert Frank.

Jan 6, 2012 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Ultimately, Kurt Markus, whose low-key narration punctuates the journey, seems to have learned as much about himself as about his titular subject - while enjoyably enlightening viewers about both.

Jan 6, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a singularly amateurish and unrevealing documentary, shot on grainy Super 8 film from an all-too-respectful distance.

Jan 6, 2012 | Rating: 0.5/4 | Full Review…

"It's About You" is an odd and touching little film. I'm glad I stuck it out.

Jan 5, 2012 | Full Review…

If opportunities arise to explore Mellencamp's process or personality, the Markuses pass.

Jan 5, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's About You's sound is relatively clean and dynamic, but there's nothing remotely resembling a narrative here.

Jan 5, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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