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YouTube Originals releases details on Tom Petty doc “Somewhere You Feel Free”

YouTube Originals has revealed more details about its previously announced Tom Petty documentary. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers will be released for free on Petty’s ...
October 25, 2021

YouTube Originals has revealed more details about its previously announced Tom Petty documentary. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers will be released for free on Petty’s YouTube channel on November 11.

The feature-length documentary comes from director Mary Wharton (Elvis Lives!, The Beatles Revolution) and premiered at SXSW 2021, where it won the Audience Award. It also won Best Documentary Film at the Boulder Film Festival.

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers looks at the rock star’s life and art, particularly the period of 1993 to 1995 in which Petty worked with legendary producer Rick Rubin for the first time. The film includes never-before-seen footage drawn from a recently discovered archive of 16mm film, along with new interviews with album co-producer and Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench and more.

The film was produced by Peter Afterman, with executive producers Dan Braun, Mary Wharton and Adria Petty, and presented by Inaudible Films, Warner Music Entertainment (Warner Music Group’s film and TV division) and Warner Records. Susanne Daniels is Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. Alex Piper, YouTube Originals’ head of unscripted, and Nicole Emanuele, YouTube Originals’ development lead, will oversee the project for the platform.

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers is the latest addition to YouTube Originals’ slate of music-related content including Noted: Alicia Keys The Untold Stories, Demi Lovato: Dancing with the Devil and Coachella: 20 Years in the Desert, among others.

About The Author
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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