2013, 119 minutes, color, U.S.A.
Cinematography Award: U. S. Dramatic
Told through the wise eyes of his young daughter, Amy, Low Down chronicles the torrid, true life of jazz pianist Joe Albany. Born into her beloved father’s unorthodox segment of society, Amy’s improvisational adolescence evolves in the shadow of Joe’s struggle between his musical genius and a suffocating heroin addiction. As young Amy sifts through the demimonde of artists, musicians, and vagabonds who permeate her apartment building, she attempts to cling to the deep-rooted love she shares with her deteriorating father. As she emerges into adulthood, she is forced to define her own identity, separate from her father’s troubles.
Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, Jeff Preiss’s deeply melodic film weaves effortlessly through time, transporting us through Amy and Joe’s journey with graceful confidence. But the bedrock of this film is the remarkable performances from Elle Fanning and John Hawkes, whose tender portrayals of Amy and Joe draw the audience into the powerful and unique love between a father and his daughter.
Director: Jeff Preiss
Screenwriters: Amy-Jo Albany, Topper Lilien
Producers: Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, Mindy Goldberg
Executive Producers: Amy-Jo Albany, Burton Ritchie, Win McCormack, Flea, Anthony Kiedis, Daniel-Konrad Cooper
Line Producer: Chris Stinson
Cinematographer: Christopher Blauvelt
Music: Ohad Talmor
Editor: Michael Saia
Principal Cast: John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Flea