Western Stars

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Part Concert Film, Part Visual Album, All Springsteen. Opening short “Willow Creek Road.”

Friday, November 29
7:00 pm @ The Ellen Theatre

Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, “Western Stars” offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn.

“THROUGHOUT, SPRINGSTEEN PROVES PROPHET AND POET, A RHINESTONE COWBOY STILL BARRELING DOWN THE HIGHWAY OF LIFE.” DETROIT NEWS


Western Stars
is a cinematic film version of Bruce Springsteen’s latest globally successful album of the same name. Springsteen’s longtime collaborator, Thom Zimny, directed the film together with Springsteen, marking the Boss’s directorial debut. Knowing he wouldn’t be supporting the album with a tour, the documentary offers fans the world over their only opportunity to see Springsteen perform all 13 songs on the album, backed up by a band and a full orchestra, under the cathedral ceiling of his historic nearly 100-year-old barn. Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, Western Stars marks a departure for the legendary singer/songwriter while still drawing on his roots. Touching on themes of love and loss, loneliness and family and the inexorable passage of time, the documentary film evokes the American West–both the mythic and the hardscrabble–weaving archival footage and Springsteen’s personal narration with song to tell the story. PG13, the film runs 83 minutes.

Opening Short with introduction by jenna Ciralli, Actress and Co-Producer of  Willow Creek: Award-winning, Big Sky Grant recipient Willow Creek Road explores the internal world of a lonely, Montana ranch hand, Ruth. When Ruth is unexpectedly drawn into the lives of two children, she slowly assumes the role of a Mother; awakening a sense of play, femininity and connection. Ruth must face reality, and ultimately herself, when the kids’ mother returns home. The external character of Montana mirrors Ruth’s emotional arc throughout the course of the film.

Awards: Best Narrative Short, Monmouth Film Festival 2018; Best Cinematography Short, Chain NYC Film Festival 2018; Best Actress, South Dakota Film Festival 2018; Best Made-in-Montana Film, Montana International Film Festival 2018; Best Performance of Fest, Actors Awards LA 2018.