After a premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this spring, documentary “Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon” is ready for its national debut, as the band’s fame continues to grow internationally. Showtime has nabbed the rights to the feature-length film, and will air it on Aug. 21 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.
First-time director, fan and friend Stephen C. Mitchell focused the camera in on celebrity as much as it did the music of brothers (and cousins) Followil, following the gawky blue-screened embarrassments of their pre-rock days to the arena-filling moments preceding the start of their latest album “Come Around Sundown” (2010).
Read my review of the film here, as well as the interview with three-quarters of Kings of Leon following the movie’s debut.
For Mitchell, there was never a big debate over what boundaries he set between being the band’s resident video archivist and their pal. In fact, one of “Talihina’s” centerpiece moments was nearing the end, when it’s clear frontman Caleb Followill had had a few, and it seemed the pair were just riffing, having a heart-to-heart.
“We were both f*cked up,” Mitchell told me in an interview this April. “We had a work day that day, and as we were leaving the studio, he said, ‘Come over tonigh and let’s knock down an interview. I did, but Iwasn’t prepared. I just set up a camera on a tripod, mic’ed him up and just sat on his back porch, the two of us. We just drank wine and smoked some pot and hung out and talked. He just kinda spilled it… to me, it was like he was talking just to me, but for the audience, it was like he was talking just to them.”
Still, Mitchell said, the guys were never acting for the camera; they were “acting up” for the camera. “Half the time, I think all they really wanted to do is just get me to laugh.”