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Documentary | 2003 | BBC [uk], BR [de], WDR [de]

Main data

DirectorGandulf Hennig
Written bySid Griffin
ProductionSpothouse TV

Brief synopsis

On 19 September 1973, the musician and heir to a million-dollar fortune died under the influence of drugs and alcohol near his favourite place - the Joshua Tree National Monument in the Californian desert.

As the founder of the Flying Burrito Brothers; a member of the hit-making, legendary Byrds; an important influence on the Rolling Stones and the man who catapulted Emmylou Harris to fame, Gram Parsons made music history in only a few years.

The film was made on location by director and musician Gandulf Hennig and American music journalist, musician and biographer Sid Griffin. Friends, contemporaries and devotees of Gram Parsons talk about the importance of his work and the bizarre circumstances of his early death. Rare footage of his performances shows why Parsons has become a legend.

Interviewees include Gram's wife Gretchen, his sister and daughter, Keith Richards, Emmylou Harris, Chris Hillman and "Road Mangler" Phil Kaufman.

Crew

DepartmentActivityNameComment
Camera Departmentdirector of photography Boris Becker
Camera Departmentdirector of photographyFrank Grunert
Director's DepartmentdirectorGandulf Hennig
Director's Department1st assistant directorSocksay Chansy
Editingeditor Birgit Mild
Editingassistant editorBjela Proßowsky
Production Mgt.assistant production managerPaz Lázaro
ScreenplayscreenwriterSid Griffin
Sound Post Productionsound editor Robin Pohle
Visual EffectscoloristDietrich Toellner

Production companies

CompanyComment
Spothouse TV