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Patti Smith: Dream of Life Airs Tonight on PBS

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Photo of Patti Smith in performance | Photo by richt/tlobf on flickr
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About one year ago, Nuart Theater in Los Angeles premiered the award-winning Dream of Life, a documentary about rock legend Patti Smith, filmed by Steven Sebring. It was not highly publicized but the theater was crowded with an audience spanning all ages, all curious to see how a piece that was filmed over eleven years would portray Patti Smith. At the end of the documentary, my friends and I found ourselves wanting more, even though we secretly admitted it was quite long.

Today, one year later and on Patti Smith's 63rd birthday, PBS is airing Dream of Life as part of their POV series. The film is a must-see -- it's much more than a rock documentary -- in fact, it shows clips of her performances but never shows Patti Smith performing a full song in its entirety. Instead it is a well-rounded and inspiring view into the life (eleven years' of a life) of a rock singer, a poet, an artist, a mother, an activist, a feminist, and a truly wonderful being who has experienced so much tragedy in her life.