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Directed by Paul Kendall, Jack Kendall

United Kingdom 2013 90 mins.

Bob Dylan described Missouri-born country boy Gene Clark as one of the three best songwriters in the world. The original front man for one of the most iconic and influential bands of the ‘60s, The Byrds, he made records that remain both folk and country rock classics. Yet mysteriously, his public recognition lags far behind that of peers such as Gram Parsons. Since his death in 1991, at 46, artists ranging from Robert Plant to Yo La Tengo have covered his songs and he has been hailed as a key influence to musicians as diverse as Tom Petty, Primal Scream and Fleet Foxes. Drawing on interviews, including fellow Byrds David Crosby and Roger McGuinn, a wealth of great music, and previously unseen archival material, the Kendalls weave a compelling story of musical magic and moving madness.

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.