For those who enjoy a good music documentary, there will be a pair of interesting ones screening in L.A. during June.
First up will be Troubadour Blues. Filmmaker Tom Weber spent around a decade making this movie, which explores the life of the singer/songwriter. Dave Alvin, Mary Gauthier, Chris Smithers, Mark Erelli, Slaid Cleaves, Garrison Starr and Peter Case – all folks who are great storytellers – are among the musicians that Weber spotlights in his documentary.
Case himself will be hosting the screening June 2 at McCabe’s while Julie Christensen will be at the June 5th screening at Altadena’s Coffee Gallery Backstage.
It seems appropriate that a film about touring troubadours is touring around the country too.
Opening June 15 at the Laemmle Music Hall is Wish Me Away. This award-winning documentary focuses on country singer Chely Wright’s public coming-out as being gay. Filmmaker Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf, who will be at the theater on opening night, spent 3 years with Wright as she went through this emotional journey. The film, has earned awards at the Los Angeles Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival. reveals her courage in making this decision and its aftermath – both professionally and personally.