Low Down

114 mins.
Directed by Jeff Preiss

Part of the Jazz À La Mode film series!

Director Jeff Preiss live in person, with expert commentary by NEPR Jazz À La Mode Host Tom Reney.

Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, LOW DOWN is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction.

Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds, in which Joe and Amy-Jo strive to live the lives they want against seemingly insurmountable odds. Also with Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, and Flea.

Presented in collaboration with New England Public Radio.

"LOW DOWN is one from the heart. It's a melancholy, evocative, beautifully made memory piece, unblinking and unromanticized, a lovely film that brings great emotion and a dead-on feeling for time, place and recaptured mood to a story that is as universal as it is personal." Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

About Jeff Preiss

Jeff Preiss is a filmmaker living in New York. During the eighties he became involved in the production of experimental cinema. Work from this time was included in “Big as Life, a History of 8mm” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Through much of the eighties he was co-director of the pioneering Lower East Side Film series “Films Charas” and a board member of The Collective For Living Cinema. In 1984 he traveled to Berlin to shoot the Rosa Von Praunheim produced Vampire Film, “Der Bis.”

In 1987, he was invited by photographer Bruce Weber to be Director of Photography on a series of short films and two feature documentaries, “Broken Noses” and “Let’s Get Lost” — the latter winning the Venice Film Festival Critics Award and an Academy Award nomination for best documentary. After three years of collaborating with Weber, Preiss’ film career began to include directing commercials and music videos (clips for Iggy Pop, Malcolm McLaren, REM, B52s, Mariah Carey / Nike, Coke, Sony, American Express among others).

In 1995 he became a partner at Epoch Films. During this period he continued to shoot experimental projects and completed a series of video installations in venues including Musée d’art Moderne de la Ville Paris, Museum Boijmans in Rotterdam, MediaCity 2000 in Seoul Korea, The Pompidou Center and Galleria Continua for Museum in Progress. Mr. Preiss is also a founding member of the experimental gallery “Orchard” in New York City where he exhibits and uses it as a studio base of production.