Encore Screening of Award-Winning Documentary “Broke* (Reprised)” at Nashville Film Festival April 18
NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 18, 2016) – The documentary film Broke* (Reprised) chronicles the stories of artists and executives searching for ways to thrive in the face of music industry challenges. Created and directed by Will Gray, it was originally released in 2011. An encore screening of Broke* (Reprised) will be featured at this year’s Nashville Film Festival (NaFF), Monday, April 18, 5:30 p.m., at the Regal Green Hills Cinema. An industry panel immediately following the screening will discuss whether – five years later – things have changed for indie artists. Broke* (Reprised) was awarded the NaFF’s Special Jury Prize in 2011. “We’re honored to present a 5th anniversary screening of Will Gray’s Broke*,” said Brian Evans, artistic director, NaFF. “I was fortunate to get to know Will and his energy and enthusiasm were contagious. I hope those who knew him will recapture that energy and enthusiasm and those who didn’t will get a glimpse of what a great artist and person he was.”
Starting with the question, “is it possible for an artist to break through in today’s music industry climate?”, Broke* integrates a reality storyline of Gray’s experiences over an 18-month period, chronicling his artistic pursuits, with reflections from over a dozen other indie artists on their struggles and successes in attempting to create sustainable careers. Will once said, “I wanted to know if what I was trying to pursue and achieve professionally was attainable anymore. I just felt someone’s story about their day to day existence with music needed to be told.”
Commentary from a variety of industry experts, including managers, agents, and lawyers, punctuates the dialogue, while major label artists John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, and Isaac Slade from The Fray as well as musicians/producers Don Was and Buddy Miller, give unique insight to the issues facing emerging artists today. Indie artists Reva Williams of Gretel, Damien Horne, Emily Hope Price, Hymns, Trent Dabbs, Ben Kesler and others provide a cross-section of experiences as they all struggle to find a way to survive and make an impact as working artists and musicians. For tickets, log on to www.nashvillefilmfestival.org.
Will Gray passed in July of 2013 following a brief battle with cancer. At the time he had a major music publishing with Warner Chappell and had gotten word that the Blake Shelton album that contained one of his cuts had just gone gold. He had also been in the studio with famed producer T Bone Burnett and had completed eight tracks. The Will Gray Blueprint website was created to honor Gray’s memory because it was important to him that people nurture, care for, and take ownership of the music and artists they love. The site is an online platform offering fans the opportunity to care for artists while on tour – covering expenses such as food, gas, housing, and roadblocks.
A Will Gray Blueprint after-party – sponsored by The Listening Room Cafe – will take place after the NaFF screening at 8:30 p.m. at The Listening Room Cafe in downtown Nashville. Artists scheduled to perform include Reva and Andrew Russell English (Reva was a close friend and central figure in the film), Jill & Kate (close friends of Gray and former backing vocalists for Kelly Clarkson), The Rough and Tumble (former students of Gray’s), Jann Klose, and Sarah Masen, among others. Tickets are $10 in advance and can be purchased at www.listeningroomcafe.com. Tickets at the door are $15 or $10 with a Broke* movie ticket stub.
Gray’s honeysuckle wine LP will be released April 18 as well, both digitally and on vinyl. Thirteen of the 14 tracks were written by Gray; eight tracks were produced by T Bone Burnett. The limited-edition vinyl album will be available at www.brokedoc.com as well as through all digital stores and streaming services. It will also be sold at the after-party for $25.00. Mail-orders through the website will include an $8.00 shipping charge.
To watch a trailer of Broke*: https://vimeo.com/20734435
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