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Directed by Jace Freeman

United States 2013 72 mins.

When filming started, Cary Ann Hearst was waiting tables and Michael Trent was working as a studio artist while the duo also played gigs in dive bars for 15 people. Deeply in love and living the life of poets in South Carolina, they set out with their trusty dog, Townes Van Zandt, to tour out of their van looking to catch a break. The poetry of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope is written as we watch the rise of an in- credibly talented band and get a rare glimpse into the creation of Shovels & Rope’s album O’ Be Joyful, which went on to earn Artists and Song of the Year awards and a loving following.

The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.