Steve Hanft has a great story

©Lance Bangs

“Steve Hanft has a great story about Elliott dipping out right after this pic was snapped. Wasn’t about that life.”

Ross Harris

The sequence where Elliott

“The sequence where Elliott is behind the fence was a hidden homage to this Gainsbourg video.

It was challenging getting the label to sign off on the idea of the video being Elliott just walking around. I told them there is an incredible video where Serge is just standing behind a fence and it’s riveting because of the song and Serge Gainsbourg’s charisma. But back then you couldn’t send a link. I only had a bootleg VHS of it. They just had to take your word for it. I realize now if HAD shown them this video of dour Serge sniffling in the cold behind a dirty fence they probably would have fired me on the spot.”

Ross Harris


I recently transferred the raw footage


“I recently transferred the raw footage that I shot with Elliott 15 years ago for his first album. Kill Rock Stars just released a compilation of his work from that time. I decided to put together a little mini doc about the making of the video and just some remembrances from that time. He came to live with me for a couple weeks and we just hung out and shot stuff on Super 8 and 16mm—just had a real cool time. He’s become this legendary doomed poet and it is so much in contrast with the Elliott that I knew. He was really a fun dude. Great sense of humor and compassion. Anything I can do to get the message out about his true nature, I want to do.”

Ross Harris