Over a decade after his death in 2003, Elliott Smith’s memory lives on with many. Heaven
Adores You tells his story, focusing on the music that made him so beloved. Following the film’s
release last week, director Nickolas Dylan Rossi took the time to answer questions for us about
We wanted to make a film that really looked at the music of Elliott Smith and why it continues to
influence fans and other musicians today. He was a great artist who left us too soon. We wanted
to make sure that the next generations of fans of Elliott’s music had something to reference
about his life and career.
It’s sort of known that when Elliott passed away, not a lot of his friends wanted to talk to the
media about him, because the media really wanted to focus on the last couple of years of his
struggles instead of the bigger picture. They were very protective — and rightfully so — of their
friend. I’m not going to say it was easy to get people to talk to us– it required a tremendous
amount of faith and trust on their part that we would make the film that we said that we would
make, which was to honour him and focus on the music that he made.
I think we were extremely lucky to get the support and the heartfelt stories from as many of
Elliott’s friends as we could. He seemed to touch so many lives that I’m sure there were many
more people we could’ve talked to. At the end, I think we’re grateful to have as many folks as
we did take their time to talk with us.