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NASHVILLE HONORS WOODY GUTHRIE
WITH MONTH-LONG TRIBUTE

FIRST EVER WOODY GUTHRIE FILM FESTIVAL PART OF NASHVILLE'S MONTH-LONG CELEBRATION

 

WOODY GUTHRIE FOUNDATION and Archives
250 West 57th Street, Suite 1218 New York, NY 10107

For Immediate Release
January 5th, 2002

Press Contact: Kari Estrin, Producer
Phone: 615-262-0883
Fax: 615-262-9885
Email: kari@kariestrin.com

Michael Smith, WG Foundation
Phone: 212-541-6230
Email: msmith@woodyguthrie.org

Kicking off Nashville's Woody Guthrie's 90th Year Celebration, presented by Gibson Guitar and Baldwin Piano, is a landmark Woody Guthrie Film Festival. Beginning January 8 and running until February 2 at the historic Belcourt Theatre, five films will be presented in a series of feature and documentary films depicting Guthrie's life and his influence on contemporary music. The first film, Hal Ashby's award winning "Bound For Glory" will be preceded by an opening reception for those attending the festival. February 2 will mark the conclusion of the film festival, with a benefit screening of A Vision Shared, A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly. Leadbelly's niece, Nashville resident Tiny Robinson, will talk before the film, as well as musicians including Beth Nielsen Chapman discussing Woody's and/or Leadbelly's influence on their music accompanied by live performance.

Nashville's last traditional neighborhood movie house is the perfect setting for movie goers looking to learn more about Woody Guthrie in addition to recordings and books. The five movies shown all give different perspectives on the man and his music. From his autobiography to interviews with the people who knew him to a modern musician paying homage to the legend, this film festival is bound to wow audiences.


SCREENING SCHEDULE
January 8th, 2003: BOUND FOR GLORY and reception: The extraordinary life of Woody Guthrie, the legendary balladeer and poet, is captured in this "elegantly crafted, hugely beautiful and interesting film, which reveals loving integrity in every frame" (Los Angeles Times). Directed by Hal Ashby, Starring David Carradine. MGM, 1976 (146 min).

January 15th, 2003: HARD TRAVELIN': A documentary about the life of Woody Guthrie as seen through the eyes of his son, Arlo. Arlo sings Woody's songs with people who were close friends of the Dustbowl Balladeer. Viewers will also be treated to rare film footage and photographs of Woody Guthrie. Directed by Jim Brown, Starring Arlo Guthrie, Hoyt Axton, Joan Baez, Judy Collins, Jack Elliott, Ronnie Gilbert, Rose Maddox, Pete Seeger, and Sonny Terry. MGM, 1984.

January 22nd, 2003: ROLL ON, COLUMBIA: Until the mid-eighties, not many people were aware of Woody's connection to the Pacific Northwest. This documentary explores Woody's role in promoting the Grand Coulee Dam, "the biggest thing that man has ever done," according to him. He wrote a song a day for one month and created some of his best known work, like Roll On, Columbia and Pastures of Plenty. Directed by Michael Majdic & Denise Matthews. University of Oregon, 2000 (57 min.)

January 29th, 2003: MAN IN THE SAND: Thirty years after Woody Guthrie's death, his daughter Nora, discovering a vast treasure of unrecorded, never-before-seen Guthrie lyrics, decided to seek out a contemporary artist to "help look for the man behind the myth." This film is the story of how Nora and Woody Guthrie Acolyte Billy Bragg, along with Wilco, brought Woody's words to life and created the Grammy nominated albums Mermaid Avenue and Mermaid Avenue Vol. 2. Directed by Kim Hopkins. Union Productions, 1999 (89 min.)

February 2nd, 2003: A VISION SHARED special screening with musicians and discussion: This incredible collection of artists and songs features powerful new versions of Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly's most important and influential music. In interviews and performances, filmed in a variety of locations, the superstars of today pay tribute to these two legendary folk heroes. Directed by Jim Brown. Starring John Mellencamp, Sweet Honey in the Rock, Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris, Taj Mahal, Little Richard, U2, and Willie Nelson. Columbia Music Video, 1988 (72 min).

Leadbelly's niece, Nashville resident Tiny Robinson, will talk before the film, as well as musicians including Beth Nielsen Chapman and Old Crow Medicine Show discussing Woody's and/or Leadbelly's influence on their music, accompanied by live performance. All proceeds from this viewing benefit the Woody Guthrie Foundation/Archives, NY.


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