Marfa Dialogues


Margaret Brown

19-20 November 2005

Be Here to Love Me
Directed by Margaret Brown

19 November 2005 – 7pm
20 November 2005 – 2pm
Goode-Crowley Theatre
Marfa, Texas

Ballroom Marfa is proud to present a film about the life of Townes Van Zandt at the Goode-Crowley Theatre. Directed by Margaret Brown, this acclaimed documentary, Be Here to Love Me, is a compassionately directed portrait of Van Zandt’s life and career.

Film director Margaret Brown will be in attendance for a Q&A following the Saturday night screening. The film screenings are free to the public.

Townes Van Zandt is widely recognized as a true songwriter’s songwriter. Van Zandt had a profound impact on generations of musicians from Bob Dylan to Norah Jones, yet he avoided the commercial success enjoyed by many of his own fans. He was a musician whose brilliance and lyrical insight made him popular amongst true fans and other musicians. Having released dozens of albums since the mid 1960, Van Zandt, who died in 1997, solidified his place in America’s musical pantheon.

Director Margaret Brown focuses on the decision to live his life for his art — to “blow everything off…get a guitar and go!”. Be Here to Love Me is an artful, expertly directed portrait of Van Zandt’s life and career and features Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Guy Clark, and Kris Kristofferson, among many others.

Ballroom Marfa is pleased to bring this critically acclaimed film to Marfa prior to its North American theatrical release on December 6.

In celebration of the film, Ryan Bingham, an emerging singer/songwriter will play at Ray’s Bar, following the film at 10pm.