The story of Tim and Jeff Buckley is one of both great triumph and great tragedy. A pioneering underground figure in the ‘70s folk movement, Tim struggled with drug abuse and died of a drug overdose in 1977 at 28. Jeff, meanwhile, garnered significant attention in the ‘90s for his beautiful, unique vocals and his subsequent 1994 debut album, Grace. As with Tim, however, Jeff would not experience a full life, drowning in the Mississippi River at the age of 30.
Currently, there are two projects circulating that chronicle the career of Jeff Buckley. While the estate-approved Mystery White Boy has floundered in development for some time, Greetings from Tim Buckley, which examines young Jeff’s struggle to understand his father through the music he left behind, now officially has a trailer.
Directed by Dan Algrant, the film intertwines two different stories. The first centers on Tim Buckley (Ben Rosenfield) during his heyday in the ‘70s as he comes to grip with the birth of his son. The second follows Jeff Buckley (played by Penn Badgley) as he attempts to come to terms with his father’s abandonment as he prepares to make his 1991 singing debut at the now-famous Tim Buckley tribute concert at St. Anne’s Church in Brooklyn.
Early last week, Indiewire posted a clip of Badgley performing as Jeff Buckley.