Palm Pictures Gets Townes Van Zandt Doc, "Be Here to Love Me"

by Eugene Hernandez

Townes Van Zandt, subject of the new documentary, "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" by Margaret Brown. Image provided by the filmmaker.

A new doc about Townes Van Zandt that premiered earlier this month at the Toronto International Film Festival has been acquired by Chris Blackwell's Palm Pictures. The company plans to release Margaret Brown's "Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt" in theaters during the middle of next year, followed by a DVD release.

Van Zandt, who died in 1997, was a country/folk music artist who released dozens of albums dating back to the 1960s. The new film includes, among others, Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Guy Clarke and Kris Kristofferson.

"This is a fantastic documentary and a moving portrait of an important artist, said Palm's David Koh in a statement. "Palm is proud and privileged to distribute it and to work closely with Margaret Brown on the release. We want to be known as one of the premiere go-to labels for music driven projects, and 'Be Here to Love Me' is another great step in that direction." Among the recent Palm acquisitions and releases are "Dig!," "Scratch," "1 Giant Leap," and "Tom Dowd & the Language of Music," as well as the Directors Label series, featuring the music videos of Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and Chris Cunningham.

David Koh, Palm Pictures' Head of Acquisitions & Production negotiated the deal with Micah Green from Cinetic Media, representing the filmmakers and producers. Margaret Brown and Sam Brumbaugh produced the film, and it was executive produced by Chris Mattson, Paul Stekler and Louis Black.