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Director: Peter Michael Dowd

Producer: Peter Michael Dowd

Editor: Peter Michael Dowd

Cinamatographer: Matthew Blute, Ivan Kovac


Mr. Jimmy

Scheduled to attend: Peter M. Dowd


Midwest Premiere • documentary • USA • 2019 • DCP • Japanese, English, with English subtitles • 112 MIN

section: American Visions

Like a lot of teenagers around the world in the 1970s and 1980s, Akio Sakurai was transformed by the sound of Led Zeppelin. Growing up in the small, snowy city of Tokamachi, Japan, Akio was particularly moved by the innovative reverb sound of guitarist Jimmy Page. As an adult in Tokyo, Akio found work as a kimono salesman by day, but at night transformed himself into "Mr. Jimmy," performing note-for-note re-creations of vintage Zeppelin concerts in small nightclubs. In 2012, the real Jimmy Page dropped in to one of Akio's shows and praised the performance, spurring "Mr. Jimmy" to quit his day job. Peter M. Dowd's documentary follows Akio as he leaves behind his family to move to Los Angeles and join "Led Zepagain." But no one knows better the “what is and what should never be" of Led Zeppelin than Akio. His need for precise replication— copying everything from the sound of the music to the exact creases and stitching in Page's stage costumes—inevitably leads to a culture clash with his American tribute bandmates. Beautifully lensed and full of fascinating details, Mr. Jimmy is an offbeat portrait of an artist whose art is meticulous, obsessive-to-a-fault imitation. 2019 SXSW Film Festival (JH)

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