John Prine Live on Soundstage 1980 DVD Release Date: March 27, 2007 - see trailer here
- The concert, which first aired in 1980 on the celebrated PBS concert show Soundstage, includes early classics such as “Angel From Montgomery” and “Hello In There,” as well as songs from Prine’s signature albums, Bruised Orange and Pink Cadillac. Intercut with the live performances is a sequence of interviews with Prine as he tours his childhood hometown of Maywood, Illinois, returns to the scene of “The Accident” and then to the back porch of his childhood home where he performs acoustic versions of "Paradise" and "How Lucky." Special guest, Sun rockabilly singer, Billy Lee Riley joins Prine on “No Name Girl” and “Red Hot.” This new 2007 Live Concert DVD for legendary musician and songwriter John Prine clocks in at over 1 hour.
Get it at Oh Boy Records here.
08/29/2006 -PBS broadcast is in the cards for later 2006 - Assembled by Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon from the legendary Nashville producer/songwriter/musician/iconoclast’s home movies, at a mere 60 minutes, it’s way too short. Over the decades, Clement encouraged all the guests at his home studio to relax, clown around and just simply be themselves, and this edited collection of clips shows the illustrious likes of Jones, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Waylon Jennings, Bono and a whole host of others do just that. It also contains some surreal touches, including animated sequences of Clement discussing the meaning of art and life with “close friend” Shakespeare. Plus, Clement’s own music is downright charming—he’s a Nashville cat who loves to samba.
DESIRE/THE FACES OF TENNCARE Winner of 2005 ’s Reel Current Award, given by former Vice President Al Gore, this 13 minute documentary is about the lives and dreams of several teenage girls in New Orleans shamelessly promotes itself as some kind of Katrina tie-in, but it could have been filmed anywhere. Over a five-year period, filmmaker Julie Gustafson interviews five girls of different race and class about sex, love, college, careers and pregnancy, and assigns them cameras for their own video diaries. The result is surprisingly complex and poignant, not only in how much these separate lives overlap, but in the simplicity and honesty with which these young people envision their own ideals and dreams for their futures. The film is preceded by Nashville filmmaker Molly Secours’ “The Faces of TennCare,” which recasts Tennessee’s health-care crisis in stark human terms with the help of photojournalist Joon Powell, narrator Minton Sparks and musicians Maura O’Connell, John Prine and Steve Conn.
DADDY AND THEM Released in the USA Jan 13, 2004 - promises of a release since 1999, Showtime Networks purchased the rights in 2002, slated to air on sometime in 2003. More information here
Billy Bob Thornton's dark comedy features John Prine's acting talents and his song "In Spite Of Ourselves".
Rated R; Director and Screenwriter: Billy Bob Thornton.
Premise: When an uncle (Varney) is charged with murder, the event reverberates throughout a poor Arkansas family, including a struggling musician (Thornton) and his wife (Dern), her mother (Ladd), her sister (Preston), and his father (Griffith). Musician John Prine costars in this movie as Billy Bob Thornton's "Zen hillbilly" brother. John Prine's song "In Spite of Ourselves" will play during the credits. Cast Includes: Billy Bob Thornton, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd, Kelly Preston, Andy Griffith, Jim Varney, Ben Affleck, Brenda Blethyn, Jamie Lee Curtis, Walt Goggins, Michael Jeter, Tuesday Knight, John Prine, and Saundra Seacat. If you haven't seen it yet, It's worth the watch! BE SURE TO WATCH THE SPECIAL FEATURES! See what was cut out - no wonder why BBT was so angry!
JOHN PRINE LIVE FROM SESSIONS AT WEST 54th Released Sept 2001. Features 65 minutes of performance footage, including material not aired in the original PBS broadcast. Plus a one-on-one interview with John Prine conducted by the show's host, John Hiatt. - 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound. - Surround Remix by legendary engineer, George Massenburg. - Iris DeMent makes guest appearance on 5 songs. Also includes muscians Dave Jacques and Jason Wilber. This DVD and VHS is available from: Oh Boy! Records and Amazon.com DVD or VHS.
Includes Ain't Hurtin' Nobody, Picture Show, Live performance of Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
TROUBADORS OF FOLK MUSIC 1994
Musical, 54 minutes, color, NR, VHS and Laserdisc from Rhino Home Video. Premise: A gala concert event bringing together the biggest names in folk music. The UCLA campus was the site of a joyful celebration on June 5 and 6, 1993. -artists: Janis Ian, Beausoleil, John Prine, Richie Haens, Arlo Guthrie, Jefferson Starship. Available at Amazon
FALLING FROM GRACE 1992 Romance, Drama, Music. 100 minutes.
Directed by John Mellencamp; Screenwriter/Story - Larry McMurtry; Cinematographer - Victor Hammer; Editor - Dennis Virkler; Producer - Barry Sandler.
Premise: A country music star returns to his small hometown. While there, he falls in love with his one-time girlfriend, now his brother's wife.
CAST: JOHN MELLENCAMP - Bud Parks, MARIEL HEMINGWAY-Alice Parks, CLAUDE AKINS - Speck Parks, DUB TAYLOR - Grandpa Parks, MARY TOM CRAIN-Grandma Parks, LARRY CRANE-Ramey Parks, JOANNE JACOBSON-Marion Parks, MELISSA ANN HACKMAN - Terry Jo Parks, BRENT HUFF-Parker Parks, KAY LENZ - PJ Parks, TEDDI JO MELLENCAMP - PJ's child, THOMAS JUDD - PJ's Child, KASEY ROBINSON - PJ's child, ERIC WHITE-PJ's Child, JOHN PRINE - Mitch Cutler, DIEDRE O'CONNELL-Sally Cutler, TERRA COWLES - Sally's Child, DEREK DAVIS-Sally's Child, MARGIE HOPPER - Mrs. Pendergrass, DONNA COWLES - Mrs Sacks, EDNA RYAN BOOKER-Mrs Green, TOBY MYERS - Luke, NOONAN KATE-Linda, TRACY COWLES - Bobby Tucker, GARY BOEBINGER- Turdis, JOE MELLENCAMP- Bandleader, ERIC AUSTIN-Pure Jam Band Member, GLENN DALTON-Pure Jam Band Member, SIGMUND BALABAN-Country Club Manager, MARY COWLES - Waitress, ELIZABETH ANNE BOWEN-Checker Girl, HILDA MARIE BOLDEN-Checker Girl<, MATTHEW J CORRELL-parking attendant. Available at Amazon
THE MAKING OF WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN Music documentary, 86 Minute video filmed as the artists recorded the album. OUT OF PRINT. With Bruce Hornsby, Bernie Leadon, New Grass Revival, Michael Martin Murphey, John McEuen, EmmyLou Harris, Chet Atkins, Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman, Jimmy Martin, Vassar Clements, Bela Fleck, Levon Helm, Ricky Skaggs, Buck White, Paulette Carlson, John Prine, Rosanne Cash, John Denver, Johnny Cash, The Carter Family, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, and Randy Scruggs. CD available at Amazon.com.
THE ELECTRIC VALLEY Documentary, 92 minutes, Color.
Director - Ross Spears; Produced by - James Agee
Documentary: Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) chronicles its history, the multiple problems it has both caused and overcome, and the issues that still plagued it in 1984. Interviews with experts, pro and con from many fields provide the background and contemporary issues of the TVA. Some viewers may find the topic a bit dry, but anyone interested in the TVA or current issues such as pollution, energy development, or conservation would appreciate this documentary. VHS available and more information at Agee Films
PRINE SONGS / SINGS IN MOVIES /on tv
MY NAME IS EARL - (tv show March 2009) Episode: "Pinky"
Song: "Day Is Done"
THE WENDELL BAKER STORY (2005) Song: Love Is on a Roll" - Written by Roger F. Cook and John Prine
Performed by Don Williams.
Courtesy of Geffen Records
SMALL ENGINE REPAIRwon both the Best Feature and Audience Award for Best Film at the Nashville Film Festival. Starring Iain Glen and Steven Mackintosh, the film was written and directed by Niall Heery and features a strong country music soundtrack with John Prine, Bobby Bare Jr and Todd Snider. Premiering at the Galway Film Fleadh last July, 'Small Engine Repair' has already secured a number of prestigious awards. These include the Best Film at the Galway Fleadh, the Breakthrough Award for writer/director at the 2007 Irish Film and Television Awards (IFTA) and the Directors Choice Award at the Boston Irish Film Festival last year. The film also claimed the Audience Award and Best Actor for Steven Mackintosh at the Cherbourg-Octeville British-Irish Film Festival in March 2007. 'Small Engine Repair' has been picked-up by the UK-based Guerilla Films, which has secured the rights for the UK and Ireland. It plans to release the film in Ireland in early July 2007, with the UK release following later that month.
DADDY & THEM - 2004 - DVD/TV Cable Movie. "In Spite of Ourselves" was written for this movie. It plays during the closing credits of the film.
DODSON'S JOURNEY- 2001 (TV Movie) CBS movie, the main character broke into song, performing Fish and Whistle. Not that great a rendition, but it served the story well.
WHATEVER- 1998 "Angel from Montgomery" "... And, from out of nowhere, a John Prine cover, "Angel From Montgomery," thrown in amongst Stevie Nicks' and David Bowie's classic 80's pop, brings it all together..."
FIRE DOWN BELOW - 1997 "Paradise" during the closing credits on the film... but "Paradise" is sang by Randy Travis on the soundtrack.
NATURAL BORN KILLERS - 1994 "If You Were the Woman and I Were the Man" near the beginning of the film during the symbolic wedding on the bridge (not Prine written but Prine sung - same version as JP Christmas album).
HIGH LONESOME- 1994 -
bluegrass documentary "Paradise" is performed by Virginia Boys / Jim And Jesse McReynolds
INTO THE WILD- 9/2007 - directed by Sean Penn, "your large adventure into Alaska" - “Angel From Montgomery,” performed in the film by actors Emile Hirsch and Kristen Stewart, as a duet; an homage to John Prine’s and Bonnie Raitt’s quintessential rendition of the song.
RUSH1991 Angel From Montgomery performed by Bonnie Raitt