A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story

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USA | 2016 | 91 minutes | Keith Maitland

Take a sweet-sounding peek behind the music of the PBS series "Austin City Limits," the longest-running music show in television history, which has featured many of the greatest musicians of our timeā€”from Willie Nelson to Radiohead, Ray Charles to Alabama Shakes.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Saturday, June 4, 2016

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"Austin City Limits" is currently the longest-running music program in television history, airing 13 episodes per year on PBS affiliates. Starting in 1974 as a small show dedicated mostly to local music, it gained traction and began broadening its artistic reach, and in 2011 moved from its original studio at the University of Texas at Austin to the state-of-the-art Moody Theater in downtown Austin. Now on the eve of its 40th anniversary, a team led by executive producer Terry Lickona meets to honor the program's enormous achievement. While they prepare for an all-star hall-of-fame extravaganza, we are treated to an all-access pass to the program's history, including exclusive interviews with the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Jenny Lewis, St. Vincent, the Black Keys, Beck, Black Francis (the Pixies), Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes), and Jeff Bridges. But the film's beating heart is the wealth of archival footage of the greatest artists to hit its stage: Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Loretta Lynn, Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Leonard Cohen, Lyle Lovett, B.B. King, and Radiohead all make appearances. And who should bookend the film but the show's first featured guest, Willie Nelson, whose statue sits outside the Moody Theater. (And the street where ACL is located? W. Willie Nelson Boulevard.)

Director Biography
Keith Maitland is the director of the Emmy-nominated documentary The Eyes of Me, a year in the life of four blind teens. Maitland has worked on a variety of documentary features, commercials, and TV series. He has two films showing at SIFF this year: A Song for You and Tower.

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  • Director: Keith Maitland
  • Principal Cast: Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Matthew McConaughey, Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, Ray Charles, Emmylou Harris, Buddy Guy
  • Country: USA
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 91 minutes
  • Producer: Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson, Susan Thomson, Hillary Pierce
  • Cinematographers: Keith Maitland, Sarah Wilson
  • Editors: Austin Reedy
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: Tower (2016); The Eyes of Me (doc, 2009);
  • Language: English
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Film Collaborative
  • International Sales: Submarine Entertainment