Nick Cave to Perform in NY to Celebrate the Theatrical Release of ‘20,000 Days On Earth’ From Drafthouse Films


Following sold-out advance screenings this summer of 20,000 Days on Earth— the groundbreaking new film on celebrated rock legend Nick Cavethe iconic artist returns Stateside for a one night-only encore screening, performance, and conversation event, joined by the film’s directors.

Drafthouse Films, the film distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, in association with Film Forum, have announced a special screening of 20,000 Days On Earth—the lyrical and inventive documentary showcasing the rock icon—followed by a rare solo piano performance by Cave to coincide with the opening weekend release of the film. In addition, the rock legend will be joined on stage by 20,000 Days On Earth directors, Jane Pollard and Iain Forsyth for a conversation with the audience. The exclusive off-site screening will take place at the Town Hall in Manhattan’s midtown on Saturday, September 20th.

20000daysonearth-2For fans across the country–and across the globe–Drafthouse Films is also partnering with Noisey, the music division of Vice Media for an exclusive live stream of the Q&A and solo performance. Fans can also submit questions in advance to via Twitter to @drafthousefilms with #20000Days: a selection will be chosen for Cave and his guests to answer during the post-screening discussion.

As a nod of appreciation to his fans, pre-sale tickets to this exclusive screening event will first be made available to those on Nick Cave’s mailing list and website, starting at 12pm EST this Friday, September 5th–24 hours prior to the general public at 12pm EST, Saturday, September 6th. All tickets to the 20000 Days on Earth special event can be purchased exclusively through Ticketmaster or in person at the Town Hall box office at 123 West 43rd Street.

In addition to the unique event, the directors of 20,000 Days on Earth will also be on hand at Film Forum for a series of Q&A screenings during opening weekend. The film opens for a 2-week exclusive theatrical engagement at Film Forum on Wednesday, September 17th. Tickets for this engagement are available now on and at the Film Forum box office.

“Nick Cave live in concert is a transcendent experience on its own,” says Drafthouse Films founder Tim League.  “Pairing this unique, riveting documentary with a live performance has the makings of an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.”

20000daysonearth-3Fusing cinematic drama with reality by weaving a fictitious 24-hour journey through the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave, the film is an intimate portrayal of the artistic process that speaks volumes to music fans, the art community and movie lovers alike. The debut directorial feature film of visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, the film is set to an original score by Nick Cave and fellow Bad Seeds band mate Warren Ellis.

With startlingly frank insights and an intimate portrayal of the artistic process, the genre-defying film examines what makes us who we are, and celebrates the transformative power of the creative spirit. The film made its World Premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it was awarded both “Best Directing” and “Best Editing” Awards in the World Cinema Documentary category.

Andrew O’Hehir of calls it “gorgeous and haunting…an unclassifiable and frequently spectacular documentary.” Rob Nelson of Variety says “an intense and innovative study of pioneering rock poet Nick Cave” while Michael Dunaway of Paste Magazine proclaims, “just spending an hour and a half or so inside the mind of Nick Cave would be fascinating enough. But the themes of time and lifetime, and the 20,000-day take on it, make this one a must-see.”

More information on the special screening can be found at and on 20,000 Days on Earth expands into Los Angeles and other markets starting September 26th.

20,000 Days On Earth (Official Clip) from Drafthouse Films on Vimeo.

About Melissa Hanson

Melissa Hanson aka Dial M For Melissa - Managing Editor / Podcast Producer - Growing up, Melissa’s favorite destination was always the video store and would agonize over whether to watch something new or to rewatch a favorite. Things have not changed. Follow on Twitter @DialMForMelissa

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