The start of the 2010 Santa Barbara Film Festival in early February will mark the four-year anniversary of the first appearance of John Scheinfeld‘s Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why Is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?). It has the ironic distinction of being one of the best rock-music docs ever made and at the same time totally finished as far as distribution prospects are concerned.

If you haven’t signed out a distribution deal after four years of trying your film isn’t just dead — it’s fish guts lying in a tin bucket on a pier. A real shame. Talking last night to Jeff Bridges about this film is what set me off.