Sedona News – The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the flashback encore return of “I Saw the Light” showing Oct. 22-27 at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre.
“I Saw the Light” tells the story of iconic, tormented singer-songwriter Hank Williams who revolutionized country music with his raw charisma, haunting voice and original songs, most of which are considered American standards today and have been recorded many times over by pop, rock and country artists alike.
Hank Williams (Tom Hiddleston) emerged from the local Alabama music scene after World War II. Wife Audrey (Elizabeth Olsen) was desperate to sing by his side despite being of lesser talent, which fueled an extremely turbulent home life. But Williams’ ability to write songs covering a wide range of emotions, using his own personal troubles as inspiration, became the essence of country music. In the end, he realized his dreams: hit records, a place on Nashville’s prestigious stage and radio show — The Grand Ole Opry — and even guest spots on the then-new medium of TV.
Refusing to hide his longtime alcoholism and dependency on painkillers behind the wholesome façade Nashville and the Opry expect of its stars, Hank remained prolific and immensely popular until the very end of his life. Like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain, Hank’s star burned brightly — but briefly — over the six years before he died on New Year’s Day of 1953. He was 29.
Today, country is the most popular music in America, and Hank Williams had much to do with that. His enduring qualities explain his inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame (1961), the Songwriters Hall of Fame (1970) and Rock And Roll Hall of Fame (1987). Williams had 33 hit country singles during his life. Thirty reached the Top Ten; eight Number One. Seven more Top Ten songs came after his death with three going to Number One.
“Amazingly, Tom Hiddleston intensely channels the timeless country music star Hank Williams,” raves Rex Reed of the New York Observer. “Elizabeth Olsen is dynamic. A movie that is ease on the ears and even easier to like!”
“See it for the magnificent Tom Hiddleston, who honors Hank Williams’ greatness!” says Stephanie Zacharek from Time Magazine.
“I Saw the Light” will be shown at the Alice Gill-Sheldon Theatre Oct. 22-27. Showtimes will be 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 22, 24 and 26; and 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 25 and 27.
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. For tickets and more information, please call 928-282-1177. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. For more information, visit: www.SedonaFilmFestival.org.