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Don’t miss the film at the Nashville Film Festival

Don’t miss the film at the Nashville Film Festival

December 11, 2012

Dispatch from the world premiere


Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale, Michelle Aquilato and Jeremy Dylan. Backstage at Ford Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

So there we go. After a few days shy of two years of work, the film premiered last Saturday in front of a mix of Americana luminaries and everyday music fans in the beautiful Ford Theatre at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

It really was the world premiere too. I was tweaking the edit at 1am Saturday morning, so this was the first time that cut of the film had been screened outside of my hotel room. As I write this, I’m on a plane from Nashville to LA, making a few more tweaks before tomorrow night’s LA premiere at the Grammy Museum.

I was a great experience to sit up the back of the theatre with Jim and watch his face as he saw his life played out in front of him. I never would’ve said it to him while we were making the film, but as long as he thought the film did him justice, anything else was just a cherry on top of the cake. It was also a gas watching the back of the heads of the people in the crowd who are in the film, chuckling at archival footage of themselves from throughout the past 30 years.


We did a very fun post-screening Q&A with the wonderful Craig Havighurst, who has a few archival cameos in the film. Craig interrogated Jim and I on the inception of the film, some of the highlights of the production process and distribution plans going forward. We also had a few snappy questions from the crowd. There is video of the Q&A and I’ll hopefully have it up for you all to see sometime tomorrow.

Thanks again to everyone who came out for the screening. There’s no bigger kick for a filmmaker than experiencing your work with a great audience, hearing them laugh at the funny bits or bob their head along to the music. I couldn’t think of a better place to do our world premiere either. Jim is so much a part of the fabric of Nashville and so beloved by people there. And to do it at the very museum that features some of his award trophies and outfits in one of their exhibitions – it was, in a lot of ways, perfect.

So now onward and upward to the City of Angels for premiere number 2. Hope to see all you LA folks out in force for our 7.30 start.