Who Can See Forever: A Portrait of Iron & Wine - Enzian Theater

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Who Can See Forever: A Portrait of Iron & Wine

Who Can See Forever is the first ever in-depth look into the life and music of Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam. Initially conceived as a live document, Who Can See Forever grew into a deeper study of its enigmatic subject as director Josh Sliffe spent more and more time on the road. Shot over the course of three years and using the traditional concert film as his jumping-off point, Sliffe digs into the myth and ethos of Iron & Wine through a series of interviews and unguarded behind-the-scenes footage that welcome the viewer into the center of Beam’s universe. The film broke ground during a particularly creative period wherein Iron & Wine released back-to-back Grammy nominated records and were in the midst of a three-year touring cycle. The concert film is drawn from a two night-stand at the historic Haw River Ballroom in Saxapahaw, North Carolina and features bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple, Soul Coughing), drummer Elizabeth Goodfellow (Allison Russell, Better Oblivion Community Center), cellist Teddy Rankin-Parker and keyboardist Eliza Hardy-Jones (War on Drugs, Grace Potter). The shows were performed in-the-round for a once in a lifetime experience and the live performances pull from the entirety of Iron & Wine’s 20-plus year career. Who Can See Forever manages to serve as part concert film, part music documentary and part meditative examination as it captures one of independent music’s most prolific singer-songwriters.

2023, 80 Minutes, USA, Directed by Josh Sliffe

  • In partnership with Park Ave CDs
  • "It’s a fine close-up, so sharp you can almost catch the dust glinting in the lights as Beam showcases his willowy, supple songs."

    - MOJO
  • “The setlist is drawn from a discography now reaching back 20 years, and some of these songs have never sounded better, ‘Last Night’a fabulous gothic country noir, ‘Thomas County Law’ resembling a Glen Campbell classic.”

    - UNCUT
  • "Serves as an antidote to that kind of engagement and has a way of putting into focus just how much we’ve been overlooking Sam Beam’s genius."

    - FLOOD
  • “This double LP refracts and reimagines Iron & Wine’s best-known songs with full, nearly orchestral arrangements realized in the warmth and immediacy of live performance. It’s a superb recap of Sam Beam’s artistic arc so far...”

    - DUSTED
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