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22 December 2005 (Germany) See more »
What would you sacrifice to follow your dream?
Be Here to Love Me - Chronicles the fascinating and often turbulent life of Townes Van Zandt. | Add synopsis »
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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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
waiting around to live, 2 January 2010
Author: Steve Skafte from Nova Scotia, Canada

In this film, people talk about their experiences with Townes Van Zandt. Bit by bit, you get a slow sense of who he was, why he was, and most importantly, how he was in life. Townes was a profoundly injured person, a brilliant poet, a good friend, a bad friend, a drunk, a wanderer, the combination of so many contradictions that made up a basically straightforward person. The questions and confusion that surrounds Townes Van Zandt as a person has little to do with the quality of who he was, only how he lived. I grew up around my uncle, a man of similar mental history and makeup as Van Zandt. As much as he could turn your life upside down and cause you pain, there was a natural softness, a kind of charm. The lack of self-awareness just couldn't be helped.

This film is of brilliant construction. Using conversational interviews, footage from the open road, different locations, archive footage, and of course the music of Townes himself, Margaret Brown creates a perfect example of the biographical documentary. Everything flows through like it should, like it only could. I can't really say any more. There's no flaws in this. You are taken in, you are convinced of whatever you need be, you live in his life. And that's all there is to it.

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