British rock band King Crimson is the subject of the documentary, In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson at 50, which world premiered at 2022 SXSW film festival.
Directed by Toby Amies (The Man Whose Mind Exploded), the documentary will be released in select U.S. theaters on Wednesday October 19th and get a worldwide one-night-only digital event release on Saturday October 22nd, 2022, which will be introduced by Robert Fripp and followed by a Q&A with Fripp and band members.
In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson at 50 began as a straightforward documentary about the cult rock band King Crimson as it turned 50, and became an inspiring and humorous exploration of time, death, family, and the transcendent power of music to change lives.
The film explores the “acute suffering” and transcendent glory experienced by current and former members of King Crimson, allowing the audience an intimate and sometimes uncomfortable insight into the musicians’ experience as they confront life and death head on in the world’s most demanding rock band. ‘In the Court of the Crimson King’ is not only a film about a group that has been creatively active for 50 years it’s also a film about music, why it matters, and the painful sacrifices artists have to make in order to create work that changes people’s lives, but with jokes.
Watch the official trailer for In the Court of the Crimson King, King Crimson at 50.