Gloria! It’s Patti Smith on the Big Screen

Patti Smith – the Jersey-born queen of Bowery punk – hits the silver screen with Steven Sebring’s documentary Patti Smith: Dream of Life. The film should hit theaters in late summer, with a DVD release to follow next year, Variety reports. Mr. Sebring’s debut picked up a grand jury nomination at Sundance earlier this year.

After Mr. Sebring met the singer during a Spin photo shoot, the photographer followed her around for 11 years. “That’s what I wanted the film to be – just me discovering Patti over the years,” Sebring said during a TV segment for the film’s Sundance premiere. “We mostly just hang out.”

Ms. Smith narrates the film herself, and includes interviews with Philip Glass and playwright Sam Shepard. So don’t expect your standard debaucherous rock biopic. “It’s not a rock documentary – it’s really a humanistic documentary,” Smith said during the same segment. “I draw, I paint, I write poetry. I’m a mother. And the music threads through out, but I don’t think that it’s pivotal. I think that it’s just an integral part.”

I suppose there’s no better time to say this: “Gloria!! G-L-O-R-I-A!”

Gloria! It’s Patti Smith on the Big Screen