After a whirlwind 45 days, the fundraising campaign for our documentary on 2-time Grammy winning singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale is almost at a close.
To date, $10,848 has been donated from men and woman around from around the world – from Newcastle to Nashville, Joshua Tree to Sussex. The project has inspired messages of support and promotion from figures as diverse as the Americana Music Association, BBC radio personalities Simon Mayo and Mark Kermode on their BBC Radio FiveLive show, NZ music legend Neil Finn, British film critic Boyd Hilton and the iconic actor/author/director/tv personality Stephen Fry.
‘The support – financial and otherwise – from folks around the world has been incredibly gratifying’ says director/producer Jeremy Dylan. ‘It just shows how many people have connected with Jim and his music. We can’t wait to get back to the States and get to work telling his story!’
The shoot begins next Monday in Nashville, Tennessee. Dylan and producer Chris Kamen will be shooting with Lauderdale and others in Nashville TN, Wilkesboro NC, Asheville NC, Statesville NC, Los Angeles CA and Pioneertown CA.
Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts tells the story of hit country songwriter, Grammy winning bluegrass singer, awards show host, radio DJ and tai chi master Jim Lauderdale – from his days a trainee mime, sweating it out in the 80s LA club scene with Lucinda Williams, his frustrations and false starts in the industry, his classic songs that became hits for George Strait, Patty Loveless and Gary Allan and his work with artists like Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Ralph Stanley and Buddy Miller.
‘We’ve got some really exciting interviews with some of Jim’s musical collaborators and admirers lined up. When you tell people in the industry you’re making a movie about Jim Lauderdale, they can’t wait to talk to you,’ says Dylan.
Shooting will conclude at the end of May, with a release tentatively aimed for September/October 2012.
‘There’s still five hours left to help us fund the film. I’ve had a number of people tell me they were waiting for the last minute to make a final decision. Well, this is the last minute!’
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