After a month long filming schedule crisscrossing the United States from Nashville to the California desert, shooting has wrapped on the documentary film Jim Lauderdale: The King of Broken Hearts, which tells the story of the unconventional career of the 2-time Grammy winning hit country songwriter, bluegrass singer, radio DJ, awards show host and tai chi master.
After a successful fundraising campaign on IndieGoGo, which exceeded the $10,000 target by almost one thousand dollars, Australian based director Jeremy Dylan and producer Chris Kamen journeyed to Nashville in late April to begin the final leg of filming with the acclaimed singer-songwriter.
The shoot encompassed interviews including pop music legends Elvis Costello and John Oates, country/Americana legend Rodney Crowell, rock'n'roll icon James Burton, producer/guitarist Pete Anderson, country music star Sunny Sweeney, Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor, Fabulous Superlative 'Cousin' Kenny Vaughan and journalist/singer/songwriter/producer Peter Cooper.
The filmmakers went behind the scenes with Lauderdale as he recorded a new radio show with longtime collaborator Buddy Miller, performed a marathon array of sets at the 25th Merlefest in Wilkesboro NC, wrote songs under the light of the super full moon in historic Pioneertown CA and recorded a new album in a breakneck recording session at Ben Folds' studio in Nashville TN with a band of 'dream players' that included James Burton and Al Perkins.
This is the second round of filming for the project, following a trip to Nashville that director Jeremy Dylan made last June, interviewing Gary Allan, Buddy Miller, Tony Brown, Jerry Douglas, Randy Kohrs and others for the film.
'This has been a wild month' says Dylan. 'We went from the intimacy of a one on one interview with Elvis in front of the Spectacular Spinning Songbook to Jim playing Jimi Hendrix songs for thousands of bluegrass fans at Merlefest. The access we received and the characters who will populate the finished film are remarkable.'
The film is now in post-production, with a premiere tentatively scheduled for later this year. Stay tuned to jimlauderdalemovie.com and sevenshellsmedia.com for more updates.
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