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Films/Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons

Past Screenings
Friday, May 20, 9:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre
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Saturday, May 21, 4:00 PM
Broadway Performance Hall
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Fallen Angel: Gram Parsons
Germany, 2004, 92 Minute Running Time
Additional Countries: United Kingdom
Genres: Biopic, Cult, Documentary
Program: Face the Music

Three decades after the untimely drug-related death of 27-year-old trust fund baby, former Byrd and father of “alt country,” comes this definitive portrait of the fearless life and musical legend of Gram Parsons. Born Ingram Cecil Connor III to a wealthy Florida citrus-growing family, whose history reads like a Tennessee Williams play complete with suicide and alcoholism taking his parents by the time he was 18, Gram’s life had a privilege-tragedy dichotomy running through it, subtly underlined by director Gandulf Henning (a musician himself). Hennig balances period footage with extensive interviews to great effect, while underpinning the visuals with sublime songs from the one of the greatest canons in popular music, sung in Gram’s heartbreaking broken angel voice. His all-too-short career saw him revitalize The Byrds, form The Flying Burrito brothers, hang out with the Rolling Stones and produce two timeless solo albums, all in pursuit of his vision of Cosmic American Music--a previously unthinkable synthesis of rock, soul and country. His life and its somewhat grotesque aftermath, in which his body was kidnapped and ceremonially burned at the Joshua Tree, spawned a million myths, and his music has inspired countless imitators. The interviewees include such key witnesses to the Parsons phenomenon as acknowledged keeper of the flame Emmylou Harris, former hang-out buddy Keith Richards, wife Gretchen, former manager and self-confessed body burner Phil Kaufmann and other musical legends like ex-Byrd Chris Hillman, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakum and Bernie Leadon of the Eagles. All give testament to a God-given talent and beyond-help victim of unshakable personal demons.
Director Gandalf Hennig scheduled to attend both screenings

DIRECTOR: Gandulf Hennig
Producer: Gandulf Hennig, Alfred Holighaus
Editor: Birgit Mild
Screenwriter: Gandulf Hennig, Sid Griffin
Cinematographer: Boris Becker
Music: Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons
Principal Cast: Chris Hillman, Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Gretchen Burrell, Bernie Leadon
Filmography: Debut Feature Film

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