Petty: Runnin' Down A Dream

The remarkable early years of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers and all that would follow are at the center of a new documentary by legendary director Peter Boganovich (The Last Picture Show) entitled Runnin' Down A Dream.

The film focuses not only on the Heartbreakers' inspiring ride to the top but the story of what they did when they got there, as artists, as a band and as people. Bogdanovich's film explores many of the underlying reasons for the band's unmatched capacity not only to endure but to thrive. Gritty, exuberant, infectious: Runnin' Down A Dream tells the Heartbreakers' story as never before, revealing the combination of unwavering talent, artistic vision, and sheer persistence that has made their thirty-plus year run possible.

In addition to tracking the Heartbreakers over their decades together, Runnin' Down A Dream also follows Tom Petty's solo adventures and his time as a Traveling Wilbury alongside George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

A celebration of what can happen when artists are given the chance to explore the depths of their own talent, Runnin' Down A Dream is the story of an artistic victory unlike any other.

Runnin' Down A Dream has been selected to close the 2007 New York Film Festival at the legendary Walter Reade Theatre on October 14 and will show in select theatres nationwide for one night only on October 15 (check for more information).

The film will be shown on the Sundance Channel beginning with an uncut screening of the entire 4 hour film on October 29 at 7 p.m.

Best Buy will exclusively sell the movie on DVD as part of a 4-disc box set beginning October 16.

The box set contains:
* 2 DVD, four hour Director's cut of Runnin' Down A Dream. Includes Eddie Vedder, Rick Rubin, Roger McGuinn, Dave Grohl, Johnny Depp, Jeff Lynne, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, and more
* 1 DVD of the emotional 30th Anniversary Concert in Heartbreaker hometown, Gainesville, Florida
* 1 CD of recordings and rarities drawn from the film, several never before released

Also coming in October from Chronicle Books, Runnin' Down A Dream - The Book. Coffee table style, 240 pages, full color. Includes hundreds of photos and materials from the Heartbreakers' personal archives plus interviews.

[Published on: 10/8/07]

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TravlynnJoe starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 05:43AM
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Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers one of the Best EVER playing and writing Rock N Roll music. Looking forward to buying this box set.

cocheese starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 05:48AM
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Tom is one of the all time greats, no doubt about it. I miss his live shows so much. They were once a staple of my summer, but are no no more along with Starwood. THANKS A LOT LIVE NATION!! assholes!

Treetophigh Tue 10/9/2007 06:24AM
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my 1st big floor seats show

HOPEFULPHAN starstarstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 07:29AM
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love the petty. this is going on the xmas list.

aquariumdrunk starstarstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 08:47AM
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Probably the most underrated AND overrated artists in history.

I'll see this, fo sho.

canoftunapudding Tue 10/9/2007 10:50AM
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Just wondering why you said Petty's live shows are no more. What about live nation? Fill me in man.

RothburyWithCheese starstarstar Tue 10/9/2007 03:39PM
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Flat5 Tue 10/9/2007 05:08PM
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in response to the lenny kravitz article. i think the difference between kravitz and petty is... neither of them are "jam bands", but kravitz is stupid shit and petty is pretty good.

emgriffi starstarstarstarstar Wed 10/10/2007 05:25AM
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Shut up Trojan Boy! You are a fool. Did you see the Stanford game the other day? Time to kick this douche-bag off!!!

guitardave starstarstar Wed 10/10/2007 06:25AM
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Oh USC Condom, what are we going to do with you? I guess any Tom Petty pre-1989 is no good? Listen to Damn the Torpedoes, Hard Promises, Southern Accents. Perhaps you can illegally download them since you are a Lou Czar.

cocheese Wed 10/10/2007 11:25AM
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Pudding, Tom use to come to Nashville just about every year or so and play at Starwood, the local outdoor amphitheatre. LiveNation bought Starwood several years back and now it's been closed down, tore down, and cookie cutter houses are being built on top of it. Starwood had been a part of my musical life as well as several other music lovers before me. Now there's no outdoor venues for a large act such as Tom to play at in the Nashville area. There are two downtown arenas that could hold big acts, but only musicians like Kelly Clarkson and other lame pop acts care to play there. LiveNation ruined my summers and I am very bitter about it. So Tom's shows, along with all the others who made Starwood and anual stop, are no more for me personally, although I think I heard the other day that Tom was calling it quits after this tour.

canoftunapudding Wed 10/10/2007 07:34PM
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sorry to hear about that man. Sucks to lose a venue that brought many great experiences. Tom Petty is the shit and I hope he tours for at least a few more years.

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well at least USC likes Jose Gonzales, the one artist he does not bash to hell. Like wsp etc...