Alan Rudolph's SONGWRITER + Kurt Walker's I THOUGHT THE WORLD OF YOU
Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson star in this warmly funny and laid-back country-music satire, paired with an elegiac ode to outsider musician Lewis.
Jul 12, 7:30 PM
Brain Dead Studios, 611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036, USA
directed by Alan Rudolph
1984, 94m, U.S., 35mm
One of the great ensemble filmmakers of his era, director Alan Rudolph (Choose Me) provided a deft touch to this inviting, warmly funny and laid-back country-music satire, starring two of the era’s most iconoclastic musicians playing versions of themselves. Willie Nelson plays a top country singer whose former partner (a swaggering Kris Kristofferson, who did the film’s Oscar-nominated soundtrack) helps him hit back at an industry executive (played by Vanishing Point director Richard C. Sarafian) trying to steal his songs and pass them off to an up-and-coming chanteuse (Lesley Ann Warren). Featuring the indelible Rip Torn as a concert promoter and Melinda Dillon as Nelson’s estranged wife, Songwriter is a lightly melancholic ode to authorship and authenticity, a top-tier hangout picture, and a rollicking good time.
I Thought the World of You
directed by Kurt Walker
2022, 17m, Canada, DCP
The speculative tale of Canadian outsider musician Lewis, his 1983 album L’Amour, and its belated discovery. A love story composed in myth and song.
Official Selection: Toronto International Film Festival (Wavelengths), 2022
"Astounding... Walker captures the mystique of [Lewis's] saga and his music. A perfect ode to an enigmatic artist." -Joshua Minsoo Kim, Tone Glow
Please note: this screening is taking place at Brain Dead Studios and seating is reserved.