“Good Ol' Freda,” which was received with great enthusiasm and a standing ovation at its premiere, received a similar response at its second South By Southwest screening, according to co-producer Kathy McCabe Wednesday.
“Another standing ovation for Good Ol' Freda at SxSW last night after our second screening here!,” she said on her Facebook page. One more South by Southwest screening is set for March 16. The film will also be shown that same night at the Atlanta Film Festival. It's also headed for the Sarasota Film Festival and the Dallas International Film Festival.
Ann McDermott, who was at the South By Southwest premiere, told us she had nothing but praise for the movie. "The movie was full of pictures you've never seen and stories you've never heard told by the woman who experienced it all directly," she said. "True Beatle fans will absolutely LOVE this movie! You feel like you are there with them in the Cavern, at the Empire, becoming famous!"
The film scored a major coup when it received permission from the Beatles' Apple Corps Ltd. to use four Beatles songs in the film.
FOR THE LOVE OF HARRY: “Harry Nilsson Remembered,” a two-volume, 28-song tribute album produced by Kenny Siegal and featuring artists such as Tracy Bonham, Rasputina, and Langhorne Slim is on the way with the first volume due this spring, according to American Songwriter, which has an interview with the album's producer, Kenny Siegal. RCA is also adding an “Essential Harry Nilsson” 2-CD set to its series of similar albums in April. March 12, by the way, was the 39th anniversary of John Lennon and Harry Nilsson getting ejected from the Troubadour. March 12 also happened to be the anniversary of Paul and Linda McCartney's marriage in London in 1969.
SPEAKING OF FRIENDS GONE: A two-DVD tribute to former Ringo Starr All-Starr Levon Helm taken from a concert at the Meadowlands and called “Love for Levon” will be released later this month. Ringo's not on it, but his brother-in-law, Joe Walsh is, along with Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Jorma Kaukonen, Garth Hudson, John Prine, John Mayer, Don Was, David Bromberg and many more.
WEBSITE UPGRADED: Rob Shanahan, Ringo's favorite photographer, announced this week he has launched a revamped website. The site, which is topped with a picture of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, features artists biographies, prints for sale in various mediums, news and more.
AUTHOR SIGNING AT FEST: Jim Berkenstadt, author of ”The Beatle Who Vanished,” will be appearing at The Fest for Beatles Fans April 5 to 7 at the Empire Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, N.J. Appearing with him will be Chas Newby, who played bass with the Beatles for a few gigs in 1960 and wrote the forward for the book. More information on the show is here.
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