September 7, 2014

Exclusive Nashville Launch Screening

September 15, 7pm

Join us upstairs at the Bongo After Hours Theatre, Nashville’s most intimate performance venue, for an exclusive one time only screening to celebrate the launch of our film The King of Broken Hearts.

Peter Cooper will moderate a Q&A with Jim Lauderdale and director Jeremy Dylan to follow the screening … expect great outfits and terrible puns.

Tickets $10, with special ticket bundles also available that include a DVD or digital copy of the film.

See you on the red carpet!

Buy tickets here!

– Jeremy and Chris

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August 26, 2014

‘The King of Broken Hearts’ set for release September 15


“One of the most engaging music documentaries of the last few years”
–       Juli Thanki, The Engine145

Jim Lauderdale, the two-time Grammy winning hit Nashville songwriter and icon of Americana music, is set to mark his 25th year of record-making with the release of a new feature documentary chronicling his unconventional life and career.

Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts tells the story of the two-time Grammy winner from his Carolina roots, honing his chops in the 80s country scenes of NY and LA, false starts and record company frustrations, before George Strait sold six million albums with two of his songs and catapulted Jim to the A-list of Nashville songwriters, penning hits for Patty Loveless, Gary Allan, the Dixie Chicks, Blake Shelton, Solomon Burke and more.

He pioneered the Americana sound and became the face of the genre, hosting the Americana Music Awards for over a decade and producing a prolific series of albums encompassing country, bluegrass, rock and soul that have won him critical acclaim and a devoted fan base around the world.

Jim’s story is told through interviews with Jim, Buddy Miller, Elvis Costello, John Oates, Rodney Crowell, Gary Allan, Tony Brown, Randy Kohrs, Sunny Sweeney, Ketch Secor and more. It also features performances with his country and bluegrass bands from the start of his career through to recent shows in the wine country of Australia and Nashville’s legendary Station Inn.

The documentary was shot in iconic locations such as Nashville’s legendary RCA Studio A, the Joshua Tree area in California and the 25th annual MerleFest in Wilkesboro, NC. The film is directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan and produced by Chris Kamen and Dylan.

“Turning Jim’s life into a film has been an adventure with as many unexpected twists and turns as Jim’s career and as satisfying as one of Jim’s songs,” says director Jeremy Dylan. “No matter what you think you know about Jim Lauderdale, this movie will surprise you”.

The film also features an intimate, all access look at the making of Lauderdale’s acclaimed, star-studded new album I’m A Song – from songwriting beginnings stalking through the California desert to racing against time to finish the songs in the studio with legendary musicians like Rock’n’Roll Hall of Famer James Burton.

The film premiered at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grammy Museum in LA and NYC’s Lincoln Center. It will be available for digital download and DVD from September 15 at

For media enquiries, please contact producer Chris Kamen on

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May 18, 2014

Release Date Update

Thanks to everyone who has shown interest in the film and have asked when it will be released – we can’t wait to get it out to you!

Right now we’re still finalising the complex licensing agreements for the use of all the music and other copyrighted archival material that appears in the film. At this stage we’re looking at a August 2014 release.

We plan to release the film at the same time around the world on all formats. At this stage it’s looking to be a DVD release and digital download-to-own offering from this very website.

Thanks for your patience, hang in there with us, and stay tuned for updates.

from Chris and Jeremy

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December 10, 2013

Deleted scene – ‘Close Encounter with a Beatle’

Jim has an anecdote that is legendary within the industry about the time he almost met John Lennon while working as a delivery boy for Rolling Stone magazine. I got him to tell it for the documentary, but it ended up being cut from the film as it was extraneous to our main narrative.

But with the anniversary of Lennon’s murder having just hit, I thought it was an appropriate time to share the clip around:

In related events, there should be some news very soon about a DVD release date for the full documentary. The licensing process proved to be a long and winding road indeed, but the light at the end of the tunnel is just around the bend (how’s that for mixed metaphors).

July 25, 2013

Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY

Film Society of Lincoln Center, NY

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April 23, 2013

Don’t miss the film at the Nashville Film Festival

Don’t miss the film at the Nashville Film Festival

March 7, 2013

Interview: Engine 145’s Juli Thanki interviews me about the film

Interview: Engine 145’s Juli Thanki interviews me about the film

February 5, 2013



February 3, 2013

From last Monday’s Sydney premiere of the film. Jim and I interviewed by the delightful Emma Swift from Rhythms magazine.

January 15, 2013

Really excited to see this film. My wife and I have been huge Jim fans for years. When will we be able to see the film? We live in Portland, Oregon. Jim’s more than welcome to come over to our house and watch it with us :)

I’ll float that with Jim, but you may have to wait for a TV broadcast or DVD release.

No plans for an Oregon screening at this stage, but you never know. Is there a big Oregoneon Americana community?

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