Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm will hit theaters early next year, to be followed by a DVD release later that summer. Directed by Jacob Hartley, the film shows Helm, who died in April 2012, working on the followup to his comeback album Dirt Farmer at his home in Woodstock, New York.
Ain’t In It For My Health was shot over the course of two-and-a-half years, and offers an all-compassing window into the late drummer’s life during one of the most important periods in his career. The documentary originally premiered at film festivals in 2010.
Larry Campbell, Helm’s musical director, said, “Jacob [Hartley] was the perfect fly on the wall for many months as we experienced the ups and downs of a wonderful time in all our lives. The result is a rare, artful, and honest glimpse into the fascinating world of one of our true American treasures, Levon Helm.”
Film distributor Kino Lorber said, “It was a privilege to meet Levon at one of his last Midnight Rambles and verify personally how insightfully this music-packed film captured the generosity of spirit, the humanity and the immense talent of one of America’s greatest musical artists. We see this as a mission now to be able to open the film, and Levon’s life, to legions of fans, followers and new audiences, who will be thrilled to discover the scope and depth of his contribution.”