"Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free"
Directed by Mary Wharton, the SXSW Online entry Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free examines the life and the career of the late rock star against the recording of his 1994 solo album "Wildflowers." The documentary, which finds Petty at a personal and professional crossroads, features unseen 16mm film footage shot during the "Wildflowers" recording sessions. Wharton also includes new interviews with album producer Rick Rubin, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell and keyboardist Belmont Tench, and Petty's daughter, music video director Adria Petty. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free also focuses on the songs that were left off "Wildflowers" when the double album was instead released as a single album (those songs now appeared on the restored album "Wildflowers and All the Rest," which was released in 2020). Mary Wharton previously directed Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, the American Masters episode Joan Baez: How Sweet the Sound, and seven episodes of VH1 Legends. She also served as a producer and a supervising producer for Behind the Music. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free is available to stream 6-10 p.m. central March 17 during SXSW Online.
Aired: March 11, 2021.