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Back from The Boulder International Film Festival

Posted on Feb 21, 2013

We just came back from The Boulder International Film Festival in Colorado. I was presented with the Pinnacle Award and had a conversation on stage including a Q&A. Had a fab time. Opening night, February 14, we saw an incredible documentary, “Muscle Shoals”, directed by Freddy Camalier. (Be sure to check out the movie website www.muscleshoalsmovie.com) It is the amazing story of a small recording studio from which the likes of Percy Sledge, Aretha Franklin, Eetta James, Otis Redding, Duane Allman, Wilson Pickett, and Clarence Carter all emerged. The studio was called Fame. Rick Hall, Billy Sherrill, and Tom Stafford were the founding members. In Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama”, there is a line, “Muscle Shoals got The Swampers” referring directly to the band that Rick Hall formed. What a great time watching that documentary. The whole audience rocked out with it. On February 14, my sister, Jane, was one of the participants of One Billion Rising, about violence against women, and exactly 47 years earlier, Aretha Franklin cut “Rescue Me”. Now that is a fantastic statistic. But 1 billion other women didn’t know that…except Aretha Franklin…I truly love that.

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On stage for Q&A

 

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They had drinks named after me

 

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Backstage green room at the Boulder Theater

 

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One of Boulder’s first hotels built 1909, Hotel Boulderado.

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