Folk Alley presents ‘Country: Portrait of an American Sound’ at CIFF


Folk Alley presents three screenings of the documentary Country: Portraits of an American Sound at the 40th Cleveland International Film Festival. The film introduces photographers who have captured the essence of Country artists – in many ways establishing how Country music is perceived within pop culture. Read on for a Folk Alley ticket discount.

“Cowboy hats. Boots. Rhinestones. Johnny Cash’s obsession with black. Dolly Parton’s not-so-subtle dresses. These are just a few of the fashion phases that country music has inspired throughout the years. We often think of music only in terms of its sound, but its visual style can be just as integral to its appeal. This engaging documentary chronicles the history of the genre through the lenses of such notable photographers as Les Leverett, Raeanne Rubenstein, and Henry Diltz. It also features interviews with Merle Haggard, Lyle Lovett, LeAnn Rimes, The Band Perry, Tanya Tucker, Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Roseanne Cash, Marty Stuart, and Kenny Rogers (the latter two are actually skilled photographers themselves).

From its humble beginnings in the Appalachian Mountains, to the glitz and glamour of modern stars like Taylor Swift, country music has always maintained a large presence in American culture. As the film demonstrates, the artists who had the biggest influence were those who stayed true to themselves, giving the camera an honest glimpse of their souls. Country: Portraits of an American Sound tackles the beloved genre from another angle, making for one truly unique music documentary.”

Country: Portraits of an American Sound will be screened three times:
Wednesday, April 6 at 6:45 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 7 at 9:20 a.m. at Tower City Cinemas
Saturday, April 9 at 4:15 p.m. at the Akron Art Museum (part of the Neighborhood Screenings series)

Regular ticket prices are $14 for CIFF members and $16 for non-members. By using the code “FOLK,” Folk Alley members can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at www.clevelandfilm.org, through the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456).

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