Trailer: New Clarence Clemons Doc “Who Do I Think I Am?”

Saxophonist Clarence Clemons, who died yesterday following a stroke he suffered last Sunday, was in a number of movies. Among them are “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” Scorsese’s “New York, New York” and of course the recent HBO documentary “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” in which he appears as he’s best known, as a member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. His last film credit (excluding any posthumous soundtrack credits he receives) is also a doc, one that’s strictly about “The Big Man” himself. Titled “Who Do I Think I Am? A Portrait of a Journey” and directed by Clemons’ friend Nick Mead, the hour-long film follows Clemons during multiple trips to China in the last decade to both find himself and simply visit a land where no one knows who he is (here’s where I admit that I never knew him by name before his death). Among the highlights is apparently footage of The Big Man playing sax solo at the Great Wall.

“Who Do I Think I Am?” is currently without distribution, but it screened a few months ago at the Garden State Film Festival in New Jersey. It doesn’t look like anything of interest to anyone but diehard Clemons fans, but that interest has surely increased this week. It also seems a potentially fitting companion to Tom Shadyac’s new soul-searching first-person doc “I Am,” which I think is still playing around the U.S. arthouse circuit.

Check out the trailer for the Clemons showcase after the jump.


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About Christopher Campbell
I am a blogger for Documentary Channel and Movies.com, where I write the Doc Talk column. I prefer real stories to fake ones. I tweet here: @thefilmcynic

2 Responses to Trailer: New Clarence Clemons Doc “Who Do I Think I Am?”

  1. Nick Mead says:

    It does have distribution. Virgil Films in New York picked it up at the Garden State Film Festival. Things have been stalled obviously as now the final contractual terms have to be agreed by Clarence Clemons “estate”.

  2. George Kearse says:

    What’s the latest with Virgil Films? I guess it’ll be next to impossible to buy in the UK..

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