Film unveils life, career and struggle with Alzheimer’s disease of America’s great country music legend
April 7, 2014, New York, N.Y. – GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME, directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), will have its world premiere at the 2014 Nashville Film Festival on April 18th. This powerful portrait of the life and career of great American music icon Glen Campbell opens to the viewer the world of the singular talent who created hits like Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman and Gentle on My Mind. Winner of the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Glen was the first country music star to cross over to the pop charts, opening a new realm of opportunity for generations of country musicians. In 2011, when Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, he joined forces with his family to fight the biggest battle of his life. Glen and his wife, Kim, made history by going public with the diagnosis – the first time a major American celebrity would share this experience with the world. The Campbell family then embarked on a short “Goodbye Tour,” but the three-week engagement turned into an emotional and triumphant 151-show nationwide tour de force. This epic human drama about the undying bond between Glen and Kim, and their unwavering caring for each other, chronicles a story of love, resilience and the power of song. GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME is the true tale of how America’s greatest country star would not give up his music or his family, against all odds.
The film features those who know and love Glen, including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gil, Jimmy Web, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith and Taylor Swift among many others. Rare vintage footage and extraordinary new performances of Glen’s most beloved hits immerse this moving cinematic account in the overwhelming talent of this humble family man. With joy and a tireless sense of humor, Glen and his family live each moment in the present while preparing for the future, all while playing their music to sold out venues on a star spangled voyage spanning the country from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl.
Director James Keach says, “Of all the movies I’ve ever made, this is the most special because of the characters, that’s what the audience falls in love with no matter what the action in the film. In this case of the character of Glen Campbell, who was the original crossover musical genius, we have a man who is told to end his career and he does the opposite, inspiring the rest of us to live our lives in the moment and to be ourselves no matter what — with no shame. He’s been down a rocky road and he still has a smile on his face and a song in his heart. That’s Glen. For him to ask me to tell his story was something I had to do, this tale potentially had so much sadness but in the end it’s a triumph and aims to achieve Glen’s dream to tell it like it is. As Glen says, “I’ve laughed and I’ve cried…it’s a hell of a lot better to laugh.”
Producer Trevor Albert adds, “What a miraculous, joyous and poignant ride we have been on with the Campbell family. The story that unfolded in the course of Glen’s goodbye tour was filled with more drama, comedy and entertainment than any movie I’ve ever been involved with.”
PCH, the producer of the film, is partnering with Area23a, an event based theatrical distribution company, co-founded by Kirt Eftekhar and Richard Abramowitz for a unique hybrid theatrical release through a combination of special event screenings this summer, culminating with a full national release of the film to coincide with Alzheimer’s Awareness Month this fall. Nationwide screenings will be designed to provoke meaningful conversations about Alzheimer’s that include resources for patients and families dealing with the disease.
World Premiere in Nashville
Friday, April 18th at 7:00pm
Regal Green Hills Cinema, 3815 Green Hills Village Drive, Nashville, Tenn.
About PCH Films
PCH Films, based in Los Angeles, California, is a multimedia company founded by James Keach, Jane Seymour and Trevor Albert in 2007. The company develops, produces, and finances feature films, television, documentaries, animation and music. The partners extensive credits include Walk The Line, Groundhog Day, League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Because Of Winn Dixie, National Lampoons Vacation, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, the award-winning documentary, Disease Of the Wind and many others.
PCH most recently released the award winning feature film Waiting For Forever directed by James Keach starring Rachel Bilson, Tom Sturridge, Richard Jenkins and Blythe Danner.
About Glen Campbell
Glen Campbell’s musical and entertainment career, covering nearly five decades, is perhaps unmatched for its prolific breadth, popular appeal – and flat-out musical accomplishment and achievement. His guitar playing is legendary and can be heard on classic tracks from Pet Sounds by the Beach Boys, to Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night.
As a solo artist Glen has recorded some of the most beloved songs of his generation including “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He has been awarded five Grammy Awards and three Grammy Hall of Fame honors, seven Academy of Country Music awards, a Pioneer Award recognition, three American Music Awards, two Country Music Association Awards and three Gospel Music Association Dove Awards. Glen was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Glen Campbell was the first artist to cross the boundary from country to the pop charts, which transcended him to true musical icons status both with the music industry and with fans.
In 2011, Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and with the help of his wife and family decided to face the illness head on. After publicly announcing his battle with Alzheimer’s, he released the album Ghost on the Canvas and began his “Good Bye Tour.” Selling out concert halls across the globe to spectacular acclaim and standing ovations, the album and tour received some of the best reviews of his distinguished career. On Feb 13, 2012 Glen performed on the Grammy Awards, to an audience of 39 million people, and was given the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.
GLEN CAMPBELL…I’LL BE ME (2014, USA, 104 min.) Directed by James Keach. Produced by Trevor Albert and James Keach. Executive Producers: Jane Seymour, Stanley Schneider and Julian Raymond. Edited by Elisa Bonora. Original Score by Julian Raymond. A PCH Film Production.