Grace of Jake, The Directed
Chris Hicky USA / 2015 / 89 minutes East Coast Premiere
Times and Venues:
Q&A Attendees *subject to change: Chris Hickey, Jake La Botz
SYNOPSIS: LIMITED TICKETS are available at UPSTATE FILMS in RHINEBECK for the Rhinebeck screening.
Just out of prison, drifter/musician Jake steals a car and hits the road for small town Arkansas, intent on exacting revenge against the father he never knew. Although he never met the man, Jake blames him for all of life's troubles, starting with his mother's death. Arriving in this dustbowl town with only a guitar to sustain him, Jake discovers nothing is as he imagined. The Grace of Jake is, at its core, the story of a man who finds redemption through friendship, faith and his deep-rooted love of gospel music, which bonds him with the locals and sets him on a righteous path. Religion, however, is backdrop to the music. Grammy-nominated director Chris Hicky proves his musical aptitude by wisely casting Jake La Botz, who learned his trade from old Mississippi bluesmen, as lead man. The soul-filled music is extraordinary, the acting genuine, and the tempo in perfect harmony with the surroundings. From crop dusters to gospel churches, this compassionate film captures the essence of the Arkansas delta.
- Ben F. Fischer
BIO: Chris Hicky is a Grammy-nominated music video director from Forrest City, Arkansas, best known for directing many of Keith Urban's videos. Hicky has also directed videos for many other artists in the country music genre, including Dierks Bentley, Kellie Pickler, Deana Carter, Carrie Underwood, Lady Antebellum, Faith Hill, and Miranda Lambert. Awards won include 2010 ACM Video of the Year, 2010 CMT Female Video of the Year, 2005 CMT Video of the Year. This is his first feature film.
Cast/Featuring: Jake La Botz, Jordin Sparks, Lew Temple, Dorian Wilson, Michael Beck, Chad Morgan, Ravi Kapoor, Andrew Walker, Matt Orduna
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