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True story: Avicii documentary to hit U.S. theaters, streaming services next month 

Sean ErikssonAVICII: TRUE STORIES, a documentary about the late EDM superstar, will have a limited theatrical run next month before it arrives on streaming platforms nationwide.

The documentary purports to tell the "unvarnished truth" behind the success of Avicii, born Tim Bergling, who died on April 20. The film documents Avicii's early days, his rise to success, his health problems, and his struggles with success. Chris Martin, David Guetta and Wyclef Jean are among the musicians who appear in the documentary.

The movie's director followed the deejay and producer over four years.   In a statement, he says, "When I made the film with Tim, I had no idea he wouldn't be here with me to talk about it today. He was generous and open-hearted, and made so many people happy with his music. Sadly, the business took so much out of him."

The director adds, "I wish there was a system in place to help young artists like him. He would want them to be spared the struggles he endured. He had so many fans in the U.S.; I'm really glad that they will be able to see the film at last."

AVICII: TRUE STORIES will screen in L.A. from December 14-20 and in New York City from December 21-27. This limited theatrical run will allow the documentary to qualify for the Academy Awards. It hits streaming platforms in the U.S. on December 28.

Prior to his death, Avicii, who was credited with helping electronic music break through on pop radio in the U.S., scored hits like "Wake Me Up," "Levels" and "Hey Brother."

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