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Directed by Ethan Hawke, this biopic of folk singer Blaze Foley is a love letter to musicians everywhere and to the poetics of drunken songwriters as cowboy outlaws.

Dir Ethan Hawke
Prod Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Jake Seal, John Sloss
Scr Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen
With Ben Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Sam Rockwell
Sales Cinetic Media

Blaze Foley, a wild-spirited songwriter who toured with Townes van Zandt, lived up to his name, burning brightly and briefly. In this gonzo biopic, Ben Dickey gives a charismatic turn as Blaze, a self-destructive talent who don’t know what he’s got – in this case, a luminous Alia ShawKat – ‘til she’s gone. As his star rises, he hooks up with drinking buddy Van Zandt (regular Dylan guitarist Charlie Sexton) and their songs are woven into the narrative. Shot in the warm hues of a whiskey buzz, BLAZE also features cameos from Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn and Richard Linklater. Director Ethan Hawke casts an affectionate, nostalgic eye on the bar-room gig circuit in this spirited excavation of a talented, but little-known, musician’s musician.

Kate Taylor

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