Ramblin' Jack Documentary Gets Digital Remaster

Posted on June 5, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack is coming back for an encore this summer—as Aiyana Elliott’s 14-year-old documentary about “having the world’s greatest rambler as your dad” readies for its re-mastered rerelease.

The film will debut in its shiny new print June 27 at the CineFamily movie house in Los Angeles. Following the screening, Jack Elliott himself—who turns 83 on Aug. 1—is slated to ramble up on stage for a post-film performance.

Directed by Elliott’s daughter, Aiyana, the film traces the folk singer’s lengthy and haphazard career, which ran the gamut from being an early mentor to a young Bob Dylan to an all-but-forgotten folk journeyman to an absentee parent of a girl longing for a dedicated father.

Originally released in 2000, The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Documentary Award at the SXSW festival and the IFP Documentary Achievement award.

Since its release the film had fallen out of distribution—however, the newly re-edited digital cut was made available for streaming last month on iTunes.

The film features commentary by such folk luminaries as Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson, and Dave Van Ronk, among others, as well as Aiyana, herself, who spends much of the film’s 112 minute running time trying to find a more meaningful connection between herself and her famously ramblin’ dad.

For a peak at The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack, check the above trailer for the film.

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