Independent distributor Abramorama has set a theatrical release for the documentary “As I Am: The Life and Times of DJ AM,” Variety has learned exclusively.
The documentary opens on May 27 at Village East New York and on June 3 at ArcLight Hollywood. It will then roll out to theaters across the country throughout the summer, including such music-centric cities as Austin, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Miami and San Diego.
Kevin Kerslake’s documentary centers on the life and the 2009 death of DJ and mash-up pioneer DJ AM — aka Adam Goldstein. The film has been authorized by his estate.
The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival a year ago and won an honorable mention Voice award from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration, presented for educating the public about behavioral health.
The film features interviews with Mark Ronson, Diplo, Jon Favreau, DJ Jazzy Jeff, A-Trak, Mix Master Mike, Vice, Z-Trip, Steve Aoki, Paul Oakenfold, LMFAO’s Redfoo and Dr. Drew Pinsky. The soundtrack includes performances and music by Daft Punk, Justice, Outkast, Elton John, The Doors, The Ramones, Blondie, Black Sabbath, Talking Heads, The Outfield, Fischerspooner, Zoë Keating, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Gang Starr, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
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“As someone who has spent so much of my youth and adult life in and around the music world, I was drawn to that part of DJ AM’s story,” Kerslake said director. “Adam’s will to succeed and ability to overcome the challenges and adversities of his young life are the classic elements of an underdog story and at the same time, his continued struggles with dependency and loss are an all too common side effect of fame and success.”