When everything is forgotten but the music….
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Directed by James Keach
Opens in Toronto
The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 506 Bloor St. W.
Opens in Vancouver
VanCity Theatre – 1181 Seymour St.
more Canadian cities to follow
When country pop legend Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s he fought back with the brave and, some said, foolhardy decision to face his final challenge with a farewell album and tour.
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, directed by James Keach, documents both the deterioration of Campbell’s mental acuities, to the point of not knowing his children, and the medically-astonishing discovery that music was the last outpost of Campbell’s memory.
The film was voted the Most Popular International Documentary at the 2014 Vancouver Film Festival and the song “I’m Not Gonna Miss You,” was nominated for an Academy Award for best song and a Grammy for Best Song Written for Visual Media.
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me provides a front row seat to many of Campbell’s performances during his 100-plus city tour in 2011/12, some of which were marked by embarrassing lapses, others by heroic performance triumphs. The tour amounted to a massive family project, with his sons and daughter – Cal, Shannon and Ashley – backing him up musically, and his remarkable wife Kim given the task of keeping him on the road.
Throughout there are glimpses of an amazing career, covering his time with The Wrecking Crew, the influential L.A. session musicians who collaborated with Campbell, and his timeless classics, including “Gentle On My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
A pantheon of music stars and politicos like Bill Clinton, John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi act as expert witnesses to Campbell’s impact, not just as a songwriter and entertainer, but as an activist seeking to rally research into the devastating effects of Alzheimer’s. But most of all, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me is a portrait of a man of remarkable good humour, engaging his family and life with gusto while he can.
“I’ve seen it many times and my favorite thing is the laughter,” says director Keach. “There are more big laughs in this film than most comedies. The way that balances against the drama of what’s going on is very gratifying.”
Among his many projects, actor, producer and director James Keach co-wrote and produced The Long Riders, in which he played Jesse James, and collaborated with Johnny Cash on his production of the award-winning biopic Walk The Line.
About Video Services Corp
Founded in 1993 by former rock critic Jonathan Gross, Video Services Corp. (VSC) is a leading independent all-platform film distributor with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles. VSC’s DVD catalogue includes Corner Gas, Sharknado, Richard Lewis: Bundle of Nerves, and Don Cherry’s Rock’em Sock’em Hockey series. Recent theatrical releases include Frank, starring Michael Fassbender, Alan Partridge, starring Steve Coogan, Iranian vampire sensation A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Cannes Selection Life Itself, and TIFF selection mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows. Upcoming releases include Cannes un Certain Regard winner White God, the Oscar®-nominated Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, and winner of a Sundance Grand Jury Prize, The Wolfpack.