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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”, which takes its name from one of Iron & Wine’s most beloved compositions, “The Trapeze Swinger,” 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

The film will see the first of its screenings in New York City on December 5th at Quad Cinema and will screen in theaters in select cities throughout 2024 before platforming to streaming services. Keep your eyes on Iron & Wine’s website and socials for updates on tickets for Dec 5 and for other dates + cities!

Abramorama Presents
a Remedy Production in association with Sub Pop Records
Who Can See Forever
Directed by Josh Sliffe
Executive Producers : Howard Greynolds, Austin Simmons, Josh Sliffe

Performances by :
Sam Beam – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Elizabeth Goodfellow – Drums, Percussion, Background Vocals
Eliza Hardy Jones – Keys, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Teddy Rankin-Parker – Cello
Sebastian Steinberg – Bass

Production Manager : Austin Simmons

Edited by Allen Baker

Director of Photography & Colorist : Josh Sliffe

Camera Operators : Allen Baker, Caleb Childers, Brian DeContreras, Juan Cordero, Mark Kammel, Andrew Kennedy, Matthew Krieg, Josh Sliffe

Gaffer : Brian DeContreras

Grips : Juan Cordero, Matthew Krieg

Location Sound Recordist : Jeremy Childers

Post-Concert Sound Mixing : Matt Ross-Spang

Production Assistant : Nikki Kenny

Iron & Wine Crew :
Jessica Lewis – Tour Manager
Jelle Kuiper – Live Sound
Juan Garcia-Spitz – Live Sound
Kat Rogers – Lighting Designer

Additional Live Recording : Mike Westbrook – MW Audio

Concert footage recorded Haw River Ballroom
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