BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt

BE HERE TO LOVE ME - Townes Van Zandt

    Price: $210.00

    Code: 2213

    Directed by Margaret Brown
    2005, 100 minutes
    Purchase: $210
    Classroom Rental: $125

    As a musician, Townes Van Zandt was legendary - perhaps one of the greatest who ever lived, inspiring artists from Bob Dylan to Norah Jones to Steve Earle. As a man, a husband, and a father his life was as tragic and as beautiful as the songs he wrote. Townes was an enigma to his family, pinned between a deep longing for home and the nomadic lifestyle that was necessary for his livelihood. Director Margaret Brown's Be Here To Love Me is an artful, expertly directed portrait of these conflicting sides of Van Zandt, and presents an insightful look at the sacrifices, challenges, and consequences faced in pursuit of a dream.

    Haunting and lyrical, Be Here To Love Me combines emotional interviews with friends and family with never-before-seen footage of Townes Van Zandt; from rare performance and interview footage to intimate portraits shot in Van Zandt's own home. The film features appearances by Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris, Guy Clark, Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth), Cowboy Junkies and more.

    DVD Special Features Include:
    Rare and intimate performances by Townes Van Zandt, JT Van Zandt and Devendra Banhart; Bonus interviews with Steve Earle, Joe Ely, Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Michael & Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) and more; Commentary track by director Margaret Brown, cinematographer Lee Daniel and musician Joe Ely; and Deleted Scenes.

    Subjects & Collections

    Festivals & Awards

    * Opening Night Film, Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, 2005
    * Closing Night Film, Nashville Film Festival, 2005
    * Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival, 2005
    * Official Selection, Rotterdam International Film Festival, 2005
    * Official Selection, South by Southwest Film Festival, 2005


    "An extraordinary documentary about an extraordinary man whose life was as creative as it was ultimately destructive.” – Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

    “Impressive! A tender, impressionistic film biography.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

    “Beautiful and haunting!” – Will Robinson Sheff, Austin Chronicle

    “A great American film. Magical and original!" – Academy Award Winning Director Jonathan Demme

    Be Here to Love Me is a masterfully presented biography of an enigmatic songwriter. Take the time to watch it. You’ll never hear his songs the same way again. A must-see!” – Music Educators Journal

    “Townes Van Zandt is the best songwriter in the whole world and I’ll stand on Bob Dylan’s coffee table in my cowboy boots and say that.” – Steve Earle

    "This film provides a masterful look into the life and art of a man whose music has profoundly impacted the landscape of modern songwriting. It is highly recommended viewing for all songwriters, Townes Van Zandt fans, and any music lover who holds an appreciation for contemporary song." - Educational Media Reviews Online

    “Beautiful! Libraries will want this high-profile documentary.” – Library Journal

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