Coming to theatres for one-night only fan events nationwide tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12, then expanding to a limited release this Friday, November 15:
Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan
Sidewalk, Minneapolis, Jihlava, Indie Memphis, In-Edit Barcelona
On the life and death of emo-rapper Lil Peep.
Gustav Ahr started making and releasing music online from his bedroom in Long Island, eventually moving to Los Angeles and using the professional name Lil Peep, based on a nickname his mother gave him. He found wild, unexpected success with his work attracting followers on SoundCloud, leading to sold out shows on tour, modeling in Paris Fashion Week, and, just two weeks after his 21st birthday in 2017, an accidental overdose that claimed his life. Viewers over a certain age never will have heard of the performer, but, for his generation, he had a brief but significant impact. It’s primarily for this latter group that directors Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan have composed their elegy, in many ways presuming the audience already knows the subject intimately, which my be offputting for some. Still, even as they capture their subjects’ raw reckoning with their loved one’s loss, the filmmakers do attempt to trace how young Gus, struggling with depression and the impact of his parents’ divorce, made the transformation to Lil Peep, ill-prepared to handle immediate fame and the dangers that accompanied it, creating a somewhat accessible cautionary tale in the process.