JEREMY DYLAN – Director, co-producer and editor      Twitter: @mrjeremydylan

Sydney-based Jeremy Dylan began combining his passions for filmmaking and music into a profession at an early age, when he directed a concert film for a high school rock band while in eleventh grade.

His feature writing-directing debut Benjamin Sniddlegrass and the Cauldron of Penguins, narrated by comedy legend Stephen Fry, was released in 2011, two months shy of his 21st birthday.

Several months later, a conversation with Americana music icon Jim Lauderdale at the Beatles museum in Liverpool sparked a journey that would see Dylan devote the next three years directing the definitive document of Lauderdale’s unconventional career Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts, shot on location in California, Tennessee, North Carolina and Tamworth, Australia. After successful screenings in the US and Australia, the film was released in mid-2014.

In addition to his filmmaking duties, Dylan is a music video director and hosts the weekly music podcast My Favorite Album, in which guest musicians discuss their all-time favorite record and its impact on their own music.

He is also a member of the Americana Music Association Australian Advisory Group and Multimedia Marketing and Content Manager at concert promoters and managers Entertainment Edge, where he is involved in organising the Deni Blues and Roots and CMC Rocks the Hunter festivals.


CHRIS KAMEN – Producer     Twitter: 


Having not known a single thing about the American country music scene before partnering with Jeremy to make The King of Broken Hearts, Chris came to the project not quite knowing what to expect. The good news is that he now has a fine appreciation of all things Tennessee: the Great Smoky Mountains, tasty fried chicken, moonshine and of course the best that Americana music has to offer – especially Mr Jim Lauderdale.

Having grown up on the Internet, Chris is super passionate about the opportunities that online distribution is bringing to the indie film world. The King of Broken Hearts represents Chris’ second documentary to be released via a direct-to-audience strategy. His first effort was Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, a film that offered a sorely needed humanitarian perspective on the highly politicised Australian asylum seeker issue.

Chris has also produced three seasons of ABC2 TV’s music concert series jTV Presents, a number of short films as well as his fair share of TV commercials, music videos and web series. In 2013, Chris completed a postgraduate law degree as part of his master plan to become a long form producer and independent distributor.


Credit List

Directed by
Jeremy Dylan

Produced by
Chris Kamen and Jeremy Dylan

Cinematography by
Brett Johnson
Cameron Zayec
Harvey Robinson
Chris Kamen
Jeremy Dylan

Edited by
Jeremy Dylan

Sound mixing by
Clayton Segelov
Philip Bombala
@ The Brain Recording Studio, Sydney

Featuring interviews with:
Jim Lauderdale
Gary Allan
Pete Anderson
Jimmy Barret
Odie Blackmon
Tony Brown
James Burton
Mike Compton
Peter Cooper
Elvis Costello
Dennis Crouch
Rodney Crowell
Jerry Douglas
Jed Hilly
Randy Kohrs
Buddy Miller
John Oates
Ollie O’Shea
Al Perkins
Ketch Secor
Sunny Sweeney
Dusty Wakeman