April 27th, 2012 by omar , No CommentsPrint This Post
John Forte’s lived a life that books are written on. It was only a matter of time before someone chose to make him the subject of a film.
The new film, The Russian Winter, premiered this past week and was covered in the latest issue of the NY Times Magazine. Check out a video from their feature below…
Why has it taken so long for someone to make a movie about the musician John Forté? His life story certainly has the requisite sweep: Forté grew up fatherless and poor in Brownsville, Brooklyn, only to get a scholarship to one of the best prep schools in the country, Phillips Exeter. He received a Grammy nomination for his work with the Fugees, then embarked on a critically acclaimed solo career, before getting arrested at Newark Airport for carrying $1.4 million in liquid cocaine. He was sentenced to a mandatory 14 years in prison, served seven, and then had his sentence commuted in 2008 by George W. Bush at the urging of a pair of unlikely allies: the singer Carly Simon and the Republican Utah Senator Orrin Hatch.
“The Russian Winter,” which has its debut tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a documentary about Forté, but it has very little to do with the Fugees, jail, Carly Simon or growing up poor in Brooklyn. Instead, this strangely moving film, which Forté co-produced, centers around a nine-week music-making journey that he took across Russia in 2011 — a trip for which he had to obtain special permission from his parole officer….
The film has finished it’s run of showings here in NYC, but is currently available to view online, in its entirety, from now through Sunday. View it here: TribecaFilm.com | 2012 Film Guide | Russian Winter.