HOT SPRINGS, AR (News release) - Glen Campbell...I'll be Me will open the 23rd Annual Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival on October 10, 2014. Directed and produced by James Keach (Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Because of Winn Dixie, Groundhog Day), this powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell opens to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind.
Winner of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world.
The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is an epic human story of love, resilience and the power of song that tells the true tale of America’s greatest country star.
The film features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Steve Martin, Taylor Swift among many others.
“Here was a man that was told to hang up his guitar, go home and enjoy what life he had left, says director Keach. But he wanted to sing, laugh, make love, play music and celebrate life until it was taken from him. Glen always had a joke on hand, and was the most brilliant, country boy I had ever met.” Keach adds, “There were ups and downs, but the highs far outweighed the lows. Glen was full of love and light, and even in the darkest times of his confusion, he always showed signs of his true self.”
Opening night at the Arlington Hotel and Spa will include a champagne and popcorn reception, a post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Keach and Albert, as well as Campbell’s wife Kim and children Ashley, Cal and Shannon, all of whom appear in the film, as well as a live performance by Ashley and Shannon of an original song from the film. At the Arlington after party, music will continue into the night from Billstown and the Drew Henderson Band, both made up of members of the talented Campbell family.