The return of Tanya Tucker will open the 53rd Nashville Film Festival

Kathlyn Horan’s intimate and gripping documentary will kick off the Music City celebration of cinema on September 29.

After causing a stir last spring at the SXSW Film Festival, where it was aptly described by critic Sheri Linden of The Hollywood Reporter as “an utterly unconventional portrayal of a nonconformist”, the director’s film Kathlyn Horan The return of Tanya Tucker will take pride of place as the opening night attraction of 53rd Annual Nashville Film Festival on September 29.

The exceptional and moving documentary gets up close with the iconic country music singer during the 2019 recording of what she calls her “revival,” the Grammy-winning album “While I’m Living.” Co-produced by Brandi Carlisle and Shooter Jennings, who appear along with several other familiar faces in the film, it’s Tucker’s first album of original material since 2002 and includes, among other terrific tracks, the award-winning “Bring My Flowers Now”. the Grammy for Best Country Song of 2020.

“And I don’t really know how it happened,” Tucker told C&I in 2019. “I was talking with Brandi Carlile the other day, and we were talking about it. is like the only way I can explain it is that God pushed you somewhere out of a cloud and you fell in my lap.” I mean, here’s this girl whose career is exploding. Like, she won three Grammys this year, and here she is performing with me.

But wait, there’s more: Carlile’s involvement didn’t end with the recording session. “It continues, with videos and shows,” Tucker said. “She has her fingers in all the pies. And thank God for that. It’s not like she forced herself on me. I say this with gratitude that she is involved and that she has such a different vision than a normal producer. I mean, she has a different take on this and on my whole career. Her point of view is so different, but she’s so fair, and she’s involved with who takes pictures in photo shoots and radio interviews. I don’t know how she does it when her career is going so well. But I know I’m busier than ever right now. I mean, it’s like I’m going from a stop to a full run, and it amazes me that any of this happened.

Still, The return of Tanya Tucker reveals how, even with Carlile and Jennings in his corner, Tucker had moments of doubt throughout the recording sessions – and at one point his late arrival later than usual left Carlile struggling to hide his nervousness. On the other hand: the documentary also gives us a fascinating insight into the creative process, as “Send My Flowers” gradually evolves from random lyric into an instant classic in its own right.



“I was up and out of the studio,” Tucker told C&I in 2019, “and the record came out before I knew what hit me, really… [It] was a real special time to be in the studio.

“And no patches, no overdubs,” she added with equal pride and amusement. “Right. Hey, hey, hey! No overdubs! I couldn’t fix anything, you know? So what you hear is the raw deal. It’s like I walked in and that I sang it – and now you’re listening to it.

The Nashville Film Festival, one of the oldest events of its kind in the United States, has long been recognized as a celebration of innovation, music and the many visions of the human spirit through art. the cinema. The 53rd The annual edition, which runs September 29 through October 5, will host more than 125 film screenings at the historic Belcourt Theater and the Andrew Johnson Theater at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville, and the historic Franklin Theater in Franklin, Tennessee. The full list of films and special programs will be announced in August. Watch this space for further developments.

Gerald R. Schneider