World Premiere Of ‘Willie Nelson And Family’ Set For 2023 Sundance Festival

The film includes interviews with Nelson, his friends and family members, as well as access to his personal archives.

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The world premiere of the authorized new film about one of country music’s most enduring heroes, Willie Nelson and Family, will take place at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival in the new year.

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The film, which is presented in five parts, has been directed by award-winning filmmakers Thom Zimny and Oren Moverman. Featuring Nelson’s own contributions, it charts the many ups and downs of his epic life and career. It also includes interviews with friends and family members, as well as access to his personal archives.

Sundance 2023 will take place from January 19–29 in Park City, Salt Lake City and the Sundance Resort. The Nelson screening will be staged in conjunction with Blackbird Presents and Sight Unseen. The film was developed by the artist’s longtime manager Mark Rothbaum and Blackbird Presents founder & chief creative officer Keith Wortman. The executive producers of the documentary are Wortman, Rothbaum, Annie Nelson, Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, Leonid Lebedev, Sean Stuart and Mark Ankner.

The project was announced in the summer of last year, when Rothbaum and Wortman remarked: “Telling Willie’s story has been a lifelong dream of ours, and we feel privileged to realize this dream with Thom, Oren, and Sight Unseen. Words like ‘honored,’ ‘excited,’ and “humbled’ don’t come close to describing the way we feel about being entrusted with telling Willie’s story.

“And what a story it is! We are celebrating the music, the career, the long road, the family, friends, and history,” the pair continued. “But, more than anything, we are piecing together a narrative — one never before seen in its entirety — about an extraordinary man with a unique ability to bring people together; folks of all races, orientations, genders, political ideologies, and musical leanings. These days, we sure could use the healing powers of Willie Nelson.”

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