ABOVE PHOTO: Clarence Clemons
A legendary musician and dramatic stage performer in his own right, Clarence Clemons was an integral and beloved member of the E Street Band. In connection with the must-see exhibition “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen,” the National Constitution Center will pay tribute to the late Clemons during a special screening of Who Do I Think I Am? A Portrait of a Journey, featuring 15 minutes of never-before-seen footage.
The event takes place on Wednesday, May 23, just a few weeks shy of the anniversary of Clemons’ passing. The film’s director, Nick Mead, will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Shawn Poole of Backstreets.com.
Guests are encouraged to arrive at 5:00 PM to tour the Springsteen exhibition prior to the film screening at 6:00 p.m. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members, and includes access to “From Asbury Park to the Promised Land: The Life and Music of Bruce Springsteen.” Reservations are required and can be made by calling 215.409.6700 or by visiting www.constitutioncenter.org. A cash bar and movie snacks also will be available.
Who Do I Think I Am? A Portrait of a Journey chronicles Clarence Clemons’ multiple trips to China in 2002-03 in order to find himself and explore a land where no one knew who he was. Among the highlights of the film is footage of Clemons performing solo saxophone atop the Great Wall of China. The original 60-minute film debuted at the Garden State Film Festival in the spring of 2011 and was the recipient of the “Spirit of New Jersey” award. Prior to Clemons’ death, director Nick Mead worked with him on a new version featuring an additional 15 minutes of footage. Now, for the first time, the public can see the 75-minute version of the documentary at the National Constitution Center.
Celebrated filmmaker Nick Mead began his career at the age of 18 as an assistant photographer for Fox Photos. From there, he moved into music videos and commercials. At age 25, he made his first music video for the rock band Motorhead. At age 28, Mead wrote his first screenplay. He has written and directed several films and documentaries, including The Black Leather Jacket, narrated by Dennis Hopper; Bullseye; Bank Robber, starring Patrick Dempsey; Parting Shots; and Swing, among others. Mead also helped to pen the second season of the popular BBC series “Crocodile Shoes.”
Following Who Do I Think I Am?, Mead created, produced, and directed My First Guitar, a feature documentary about the greatest guitar players in the world, including stories from Pete Seeger, Brian Wilson, Bill Wyman, Dave Stewart, Tom DeLonge, Nils Lofgren, Jose Felliciano, Harry Dean Stanton, and Les Paul. He is currently working on a feature documentary about ex-Hells Angels leader George Christine.