DON'T TRY TO UNDERSTAND : A Year in the Life of Earl "DMX" Simmons

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World Premiere

FEATURE | USA | 95 MINUTES

DON'T TRY TO UNDERSTAND : A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF EARL "DMX" SIMMONS

New York, Experimental, Documentary, Drama, Music

Earl Simmons, better known as DMX, rose to stardom in the 90s, achieving mainstream success as both an actor and recording artist; but with his meteoric rise to fame came temptations and highly publicized legal troubles. Determined to reignite his career following his recent release from prison, Simmons confronted the mounting pressures of fatherhood, faith, and addiction, all while preparing for his ill-fated comeback tour.

Don’t Try to Understand is a captivating story about recovery and redemption, and an intimate glimpse into the life of a cultural icon. Combining archival and original footage, the film reveals the vulnerability behind the tough public image he cultivated throughout his career. Director Christopher Frierson’s astute documentary transcends the world of hip-hop and offers an unfiltered portrait of a man struggling to overcome his demons. —Sean McCoy


CAST & CREDITS

Directed by Christopher Frierson

Christopher Frierson is a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer. He was a producer on the Eugene Jarecki documentary feature The King, which premiered at Cannes and Sundance. He also directs music videos. Don't Try To Understand is Frierson’s feature directorial debut.

Director
Christopher Frierson
Producer
Clark Slater, Sean Gordon-Loebl, Christopher Frierson
Cinematographer
Travis Liben, Christopher Frierson
Editor
Matt Kliegman
Executive Producer
Peter Scalettar
Co-Director
Clark Slater

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