Ethan Hawke effortlessly steps behind the camera in this daringly unconventional biopic of an unsung country music legend, starring newcomer Benjamin Dickey and winning him the Sundance Special Jury Award for Acting.
Blaze Foley spent his early years living in a Georgia treehouse before becoming an underground legend on the Texas Outlaw country music scene in the 1980's. A hard-drinking, close friend of Townes Van Zandt who penned tunes covered by Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams and Lyle Lovett, before his tragic death at age 39. Hawke uniquely and lovingly captures Foley’s musical gifts, self-destructive exuberance and his tender relationship with Sybil Rosen (an ever-captivating Alia Shawkat), who co-wrote the script from her memoir ‘Living in the Woods in a Tree’.
“Even if Richard Linklater didn’t appear in a few scenes (alongside Sam Rockwell and Steve Zahn), Blaze might make you think of him. Like Boyhood and the Before trilogy, this one takes the time to listen to the odd, random, surprising and incoherent things people say. “– The New York Times