Free online screening of the award-winning, feature-length documentary MEETING JIM will take place from March 5-8, 2021.
Thousands of people from all around the world heard the sad news of Jim Haynes’ passing on January 6th 2021. Haynes was named ‘the godfather of social networking’ by The Guardian and was recently called ‘the man who invited the world over for dinner’ by BBC News. He was one of the underground key figures of the cultural scene in the 60s and kept the spirits of the era throughout his life.
Jim’s initial principle was to be accessible to everyone and to be open to everything. As he never locked his door, thousands walked into his home and he always enjoyed saying thanks for coming to every single person arriving or leaving. It didn’t matter to him if it was a big rock star or the postman, he would become equally happy to meet them. Jim had one main aim in life: to introduce everyone around him to each other as he believed that the world would become a better place if more people could meet.
Meeting Jim, in cooperation with BBC Scotland and Zweitausendeins, is opening its doors for the whole world to watch, as a tribute to Jim Haynes and everything he stood for his whole life. The film is an international co-production and has travelled to numerous festivals from all around the world after its world premiere at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2018.
For UK audiences, Meeting Jim will be re-broadcast on BBC Scotland (and simultaneously on Freeview/YouView, Freesat, Sky, Virgin Media and BBC iPlayer) under the title Meet Jim, Citizen of the World at 21:00 (GMT) on March 6th 2021, on the day that marks two months since Jim Haynes’ passing. After the broadcast, the film will be available to watch for free on BBC’s VOD platform BBC iPlayer for a limited period of time.
For the rest of the world, the documentary will be accessible for free for 72 hours on the film’s website www.meetingjim.com from 19:00 (GMT+1) March 5th to 19:00 (GMT+1) March 8th.
Everyone is invited to the tribute screenings of Meeting Jim, which Neil Young from The Hollywood Reporter described as “a documentary as genial, accessible and likeable as its subject”.