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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
David Fabelo .... post-production supervisor
Dawn Cooper Johnson .... production manager (as Dawn Cooper)
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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16 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Answers Don't Come Easy, 15 March 2006
Author: David Ferguson ( from Dallas, Texas

Greetings again from the darkness. The wait for this one to hit Dallas has been long and painful. Just mentioning the name Townes Van Zandt gets me all weepy and longing for those many nights in Austin between the mid 70's and early 80's. Although I only saw him perform live three times, his influence on the Austin music scene was unmatched.

Margaret Brown's directorial touch on this bio-documentary is filled with love, admiration, respect and a harsh dose of reality. Townes was not the typical inflated ego icon so familiar in the music business. Yes, he drank entirely too much and yes, he did way more drugs than any one body could possibly handle. But hearing fellow musicians, three wives and numerous children talk about him, affirmed one thought that I had always clung to: the man had soul.

There are some fascinating film clips of Townes both living life and on stage at various times throughout his "career". When we hear the spoken words "he is here for the music", it all makes sense. We see him unkempt, living in a lousy trailer and in his constant state of gauntness. This man was born to write songs and he did it better than anyone. Near the opening, Joe Ely tells the story of how listening to Townes' first record, forced he and Jimmie Gilmore to totally change their approach to songwriting. Folks, that is talent and power.

The reverence in the voice of Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Steve Earle (three fine songwriters in their own right) as they recollect how Townes touched their music is very base and raw. This is no Hollywood love fest of a dead character actor. This is pure respect from those who truly understand the gift.

The documentary is pretty well paced, but my one quibble is that we do not get to hear Townes perform a song all the way through until he sings "Marie" sometime past the midpoint. Also, I don't believe we had a single track from the "Carnegie Hall" show. That said, there are so many songs included, even if only for a verse, that it will provide a tremendous overview to anyone not already touched by the man's music.

We cannot help but be saddened as the talk of his shock therapy and subsequent change in personality are detailed. Also, hearing his kids speak of him is almost invasive, but what a remarkable gift to the film this is.

One of the producers is the great and under-appreciated Louis Black. He was involved in a film class I took at the University of Texas many years ago and has since gone on to edit an Austin paper and found the SXSW music and film festival. I feel certain his insight was invaluable to the film and sense that Townes Van Zandt music impacted his life the way it did many of us.

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