For those who have followed the career of multi-instrumentalist, producer, performer, and creative musical force Shawn Lee, today’s premiere is a long, overdue treat. Filmmaker Thomas Draudt breaks into the mind of one of the most beloved musicians of our time with an impromptu interview in a rare Boston, MA appearance playing drums for Tom Misch. With an expansive body of work that started in Wichita, KS, and shimmies to Los Angeles, CA, and finally London UK all to the beat of his own drum.
The idea of continually moving forward is the key. It’s like, I’ve never made it, I’m still making it. And I still feel that my best work is in front of meI feel like it’s infinite. I don’t suffer from writer’s block.I’m not worried about ‘is there anything left in me?’. I’m never burnt out. There’s so much to do. And I just want to do it while I’m on this planet. It’s why I’m here. It’s the driving force. That propels me through life, you know.Shawn Lee
Draudt connects the dots of Lee’s career and paints a picture with his celluloid brush that’s both personal and informative. There are things you may find out about Shawn Lee that you’ve never known before, some things you may know. But that’s ok, because, In his own way, Lee weaves his lifelong journey with humility and humor giving the viewer an inside look at how this music machine works. His philosophy and outlook on life are a lesson we should all be so lucky to possess. Draudt connects the dots from fan to Lee via personal, impromptu questions and visuals courtesy of his extensive Shawn Lee vinyl discography which we see in the film. Exit Wichita is a perfect example of an artist that only comes to us once in a lifetime. This quick access via the under 30-minute documentary unearths a lot of hidden gems and shows us the true side of Mr. Shawn Lee. There couldn’t be a documentary about a better human on this earth.
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