USA – 2008 – 109 MIN – COLOUR / BLACK & WHITE - FEATURE - IN ENGLISH
A FILM BY STEVEN SEBRING

DREAM OF LIFE is a plunge into the philosophy and artistry of cult rocker Patti Smith. This portrait of the legendary singer, artist and poet explores themes of spirituality, history and self expression. Known as the godmother of punk, she emerged in the 1970’s, galvanizing the music scene with her unique style of poetic rage, music and trademark swagger.

We follow this multitalented and private artist over 11 years of international travel, through her spoken words, performances, lyrics, interviews, paintings, and photographs.

DREAM OF LIFE reveals a complicated, charismatic personality. Patti Smith who narrates the film, wrestles with life’s many paradoxes. She defines the human experience as an overwhelming contradiction. She pulls the strings of her guitar and simply makes music.

 

"'...an endearing tribute to the punk icon herself"
- CBC THE HOUR

5 Stars! "a beautiful, warm-hearted work"
- EYE WEEKLY

NNNN! "This isn’t just for hardcore fans. If you aren’t an admirer when you go into the screening, you will definitely be one when you come out"
- NOW MAGAZINE

"...a true tribute to this celebrated American rock icon"
- JUICY STUFF

"Punk's not dead, but it can still be a tad eccentric"
- THE NATIONAL POST

"Her performance stole the show at TIFF and Patti Smith is set to rock the big screen"
- THE TORONTO STAR

"...fashion photographer Steven Sebring's impressionistic study of the most influential of punk poets, disarms and charms with its honesty"
- THE TORONTO STAR

"...it's riveting stuff"
- TORONTO SUN

"...a portrait of a defiantly creative life. " 
- THE GLOBE AND MAIL

"Patti Smith documentary powerful" 
- TORONTO SUN

"...full of stark and striking imagery from her life seamlessly and hauntingly presented by director Steven Sebring"
- MAESTRO

"At a film festival, amid the stars and the hype and lurid glare of over-sponsored glamour, you live in hope that you’ll stumble across something thrilling, inspiring and wildly original that comes right out of the blue. Last night I saw exactly that. It wasn’t a film. And it wasn’t even officially part of the Toronto International Film Festival. It was a party celebrating a Patti Smith documentary that, due to a mysterious lapse in taste, had been excluded from the festival." 
- MACLEAN'S

"TIFF bourgeoisie mistakes itself for social activists at Patti Smith concert at the Gardiner"
- TORONTO LIFE

"Patti Smith ends fest fetes on a high note" 
- THE TORONTO STAR

"There were other TIFF parties last night but who needs to hop when you’ve got Patti Smith?"
- NOW MAGAZINE