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Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt -- An artful, expertly directed portrait of musician Townes Van Zandt whose life was as tragic and as beautiful as the songs he wrote. Rare performance footage and interviews with Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Emmylou Harris.
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Joe Ely ... Himself - Musician
Guy Clark ... Himself - Musician

Willie Nelson ... Himself - Musician

Kris Kristofferson ... Himself - Musician
Donna Spence ... Herself - Sister
Ann Rice ... Herself - First Cousin
Luke Sharpe ... Himself - High School Classmate
John Ruehl ... Himself - Shattuck Classmate
Bob 'Maverick' Myrick ... Himself - College Roommate
Frank 'Chito' Greer ... Himself - Friend
Fran Lohr ... Herself - First Wife
Jerry Jeff Walker ... Himself - Musician
Kevin Eggers ... Himself - Record Producer and Label Owner
Wrecks Bell ... Himself - Bass Player
David Olney ... Himself - Musician
J.T. Van Zandt ... Himself - Son

Steve Earle ... Himself - Musician
Susanna Clark ... Herself
Peggy Underwood ... Herself - Townes' Lawyer
Leland Waddell ... Himself - Drummer
Cindy Van Zandt Lindgram ... Herself - Second Wife
Katie Belle Van Zandt ... Herself - Daughter
Mickey White ... Himself - Guitarist
John Lomax III ... Himself - Music Writer and Manager
Harold Eggers ... Himself - Road Manager and Agent
Will Van Zandt ... Himself - Son
Jeanene Van Zandt ... Herself - Third Wife
Dylan Ferrero ... Himself - Road Manager
Kinky Friedman ... Himself - Musician and Author

Emmylou Harris ... Herself - Musician
Bob Moore ... Himself - Friend
Steve Shelley ... Himself - Sonic Youth
Tim Foljahn ... Himself - Two Dollar Guitar
Larry Monroe ... Himself - DJ

Lyle Lovett ... Himself
William Hedgepeth ... Himself - Audio Conversations with Townes Van Zandt (archive sound)
Townes van Zandt ... Himself (archive footage) (as Townes Van Zandt)
Lightnin Hopkins ... Himself (archive footage) (as Lightnin' Hopkins)

Directed by
Margaret Brown 
Produced by
Louis Black .... executive producer
Margaret Brown .... producer
Sam Brumbaugh .... producer
Lisa Cohen .... producer: imaging
Jannat Gargi .... producer: imaging
K. Lynn Martin .... associate producer (as Lynn Martin)
Chris Mattsson .... executive producer
Ellen Naegeli .... associate producer
Lecia Rosenthal .... associate producer
Amy Shatsky-Gambrill .... associate producer (as Amy Shatsky)
Paul Stekler .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Lee Daniel 
Film Editing by
Don Howard 
Karen Skloss 
Michael Taylor 
Production Management
Alka Bhanot .... post-production supervisor
Dawn Cooper .... production manager
David Fabelo .... post-production supervisor
Jeff Nichols .... production manager
Sound Department
Ethan Andrus .... sound mixer
Wayne Bell .... location sound
Tom Hammond .... re-recording mixer
Alex Herrera .... location sound
Bob Kellough .... sound editor
Dennis Meehan .... location sound
Thomas Morrison .... location sound
Mike Swanner .... location sound
Buckner Cooke .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mark A. Brown .... digital film services (as Marc Brown)
Lee Daniel .... optical printer
Camera and Electrical Department
Frazer Bradshaw .... additional cinematographer
Sam Henriques .... additional camera
David Layton .... additional camera
David Layton .... assistant camera
David McGrath .... assistant camera
P.K. Munson .... assistant camera
Jen White .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Angie Alvarez .... post-production coordinator (as Angela Alvarez)
Chris Blankenship .... on-line editor
Marc Brown .... film output: digital intermediate
David Fabelo .... assistant editor
Julian Londoño .... second assistant editor (as Julian Londono)
Joe Malina .... colorist
Bill Scott .... senior color timer
Nick Smith .... assistant on-line editor
Trae Stanley .... assistant colorist
Music Department
Jonathan McHugh .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jessica Berman Bogdan .... clearance (as Jessica Berman-Bogden)
Joseph Blink .... intern (as Joe Blink)
Amanda Bolles .... production assistant
Christine Castano .... intern
Ted Chase .... production assistant
Lee Cohen .... production assistant
Richard Cornelisse .... intern
Sean William Cunningham .... transcriber (as Sean Cunningham)
Jane Derryberry .... production assistant
Paul Dumas .... intern
Marc English .... titles
Vicki Faust .... accountant
Mike Fellows .... production assistant
Caroline Frick .... archival researcher
Elizabeth Gaden .... intern
Milton Glaser .... designer: Poppy & Tomato art-work/photographs
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Jay Hodges .... intern
Christina Jarrous .... intern
Fran Lohr .... photographs courtesy of
John Lomax III .... photographs courtesy of
Julian Londoño .... production assistant (as Julian Londono)
Melissa Mercer .... intern
Melissa Mercer .... production assistant
Sarah Munoz .... production assistant
Wood Newton .... photographs courtesy of
Dana O'Keefe .... sales agent
Steven Schechter .... production counsel
Leslie Sisson .... production assistant
George Sledge .... production coordinator
Nick Smith .... titles
Francis Stafford .... intern
Marcella Steingart .... archival researcher
James Taylor .... intern
Edward Tuddenham .... production counsel
Jay Van Hoy .... production coordinator
Jeanene Van Zandt .... photographs courtesy of
Deborah Wiley .... accountant (as Deb Wiley)
Sian-Zee Wong .... office manager
Diane Zilliox .... intern
Tai-San Choo .... office intern (uncredited)
Jason Perrine .... office intern (uncredited)
Michael Almereyda .... thanks
Robert Bingham .... in memory of
Johnny Guess .... in memory of
Richard King .... in memory of
Barbara Kopple .... thanks
Traci Kristofferson .... thanks
Richard Linklater .... special thanks
Fran Lohr .... special thanks
Mickey Newbury .... in memory of
Chloë Sevigny .... thanks
Peggy Underwood .... in memory of
Cindy Van Zandt Lindgram .... special thanks
J.T. Van Zandt .... special thanks
Jeanene Van Zandt .... special thanks
Katie Belle Van Zandt .... special thanks
Will Van Zandt .... special thanks
Jerry Jeff Walker .... thanks

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99 min | Argentina:99 min (Buenos Aires Festival Internacional de Cine Independiente)

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Himself - Audio Conversations with Townes Van Zandt:How come most of your songs are sad songs?
Townes van Zandt:I don't think they're all that sad. I have a few that aren't sad, they're like... hopeless. Totally hopeless situation and the rest aren't sad they're just the way it goes. I mean you know you don't think life's sad.
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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Surpasses your average Vh1 documentary AND THEN SOME! Great film., 3 November 2005
Author: b1lskirnir from United States

Even if you're not a fan of documentaries, hell, even if you're not a fan of folk/country, Be Here To Love Me is a beautiful and well-directed story of the life of singer/songwriter Townes Van Zandt. More than just a movie for hardcore fans of the genre and the artist, the impeccable visual style of the movie keeps the average movie-goer enthralled within it's heartfelt and hilarious interviews of friends, family, and musical contemporaries give dialogue almost too good for a movie.

But then you're reminded that it's a documentary; it's fairly easy to forget. The only narration is the actual audio, be it phone calls (such as in the amazing opening sequence to "At My Window"), home movies, live performances, or the music itself. The camera pans across montages of midwest scenes: old men in the old mens' bars, truck driving, wandering through the desert, and so many others that play like one gorgeous, intermittent music video. Some of the dialogue is unforgettable, be it Townes discussing his addiction to airplane glue, Guy Clark laughing at him hitting on his wife, or his own mother expressing sorrow for exposing him to shock treatments early in his life.

The overall pace of the movie becomes disrupted near the last 20-30 minutes, as the overall flow of themes in Townes' life unfold less and less precisely and with as much organization as the beginning, but that's basically the only flaw to an otherwise brilliant documentary.

Not knowing much about Townes as a person, I can say that this movie helped me fall in love with his music and find new respect for the genre. I recommend it to anyone who loves this man, loves these kinds of quirky stories, loves country/folk, or... well, I recommend it to anyone!

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