A soon-to-be-released documentary film looking at music legend Glen Campbell will get an advance screening Thursday in Little Rock. It’s called “Glen Campbell… I’ll Be Me” and will be shown at the Central Arkansas Library System’s Ron Robinson Theater.
“Of course Glen Campbell is one of our most famous native sons and to get the opportunity to see this film ahead of audiences across America and the world is a real honor,” said Courtney Pledger, artistic director for the Arkansas Motion Picture Institute.
The film is directed by James Keach and produced by Trevor Albert, who are to speak after the showing, along with some of Campbell’s family members.
The documentary follows Campbell during what was called the "Goodbye Tour," as he played before packed audiences one final time.
“It’s funny, it’s touching. Essentially it is the story of a family that experiences the diagnosis that no one wants to hear, Alzheimer’s disease, and in this case it just happens to be Glen Campbell. It really becomes a family journey on how they decide not to do a forced retirement for Glen, but allow him to continue to do what he loves most, which is play music,” Pledger said.
The production crew visited Arkansas in 2012 to shoot a lot of the footage, Pledger said, including interviews with Campbell’s family members.
Campbell was born in southwest Arkansas near the town of Delight. He rose to prominence during the 1960s with a string of hits, including “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “By the Time I Get to Phoenix.” Campbell went on to host a network variety show and appeared or sang in many movies.
The documentary features many talking about Campbell’s influence, including former President Bill Clinton, and performers ranging from Paul McCartney to Vince Gill.
Thursday night’s screening is being held at the Ron Robinson Theater, at 100 River Market Avenue, and is being presented by AARP Arkansas. Tickets are $25 and advanced reservations are required. Doors open at 6:15 and the screening begins at 7. You can learn more here.