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The Oxleys Land Two Entries in 2020 Nashville Film Festival

by Rich and Laura Lynch

Filmmakers Brian and Sally Oxley follow up their 2018 submission to the Nashville Film Festival "It's Now Or Never: a Race to Save Colonel Parker's Complex" with two more musically themed movies that are sure to be critic and viewer favorites during the 2020 online version of the annual event in Music City. Thanks to live-streaming fans from around the world will be able to tune in and access all 200+ virtual/online film screenings and exclusive film, music and cultural content via Virtual Passes that are now available for sale.

Sally and Brian Oxley on their farm in Bon Aqua, Tennessee.

First up for the prolific pair is "Elvira: The True Story of Dallas Frazier". Directed by Scott McDaniel this entry resides in the long-form Music City/Music Documentaries Competition where Hall of Fame songwriter - Dallas Frazier - is joined by Grammy winning musical icons Charley Pride, Connie Smith, The Oak Ridge Boys and Grammy winning producer Ray Baker to share never before told stories of his successful multi-genre and unequaled songwriting career. Dallas Frazier placed more than 40 recordings in the Top 20 on Billboard's Country singles chart - including ten #1 commercial hits. Signature work such as Mohair Sam, There Goes My Everything, Beneath Still Waters and Elvira. His original songs have been recorded by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and more. His copyrights have been covered by the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, Peggy Lee, Keith Richards, Diana Ross, Tina Turner and the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley.

Director: Brian Oxley also lands in the "Tennessee Shorts" Competition with his study into Elvis Presley's love of Gospel music - especially the song that often closed his concerts "How Great Thou Art" with a rock doc of the same name.

The Oxleys are no strangers to film festivals - even winning awards and accolades for the 2015 documentary Many Beautiful Things that followed the story of 19th century female artist, Lilias Trotter, and her decision to leave her life and potential fame behind in England to follow a calling of missionary work in French Algeria. The tale behind this particular movie was so intriguing and filled with many miraculous occurrences that a follow-up is in the making to tell its back story.

Official poster - "Elvira: The True Story of Dallas Frazier".

On the musical front Oxley reports progress on two new productions that are targeted to future film festivals. One will detail the challenges faced by the Johnny Cash family tree as many members dealt with high-profile battles with addiction and substance abuse. The other will look at the history of the "Storytellers Museum" building once owned by Cash - and before that - Red Worthman who used the Bon Aqua property as home base for his famed Bullet Records before selling the building to Johnny in the 1970's.

In addition to producing documentaries the Oxleys are avid collectors of all things Johnny Cash having acquired many of the Man In Black's possessions including the entertainer's farm-house and sprawling acreage in Bon Aqua and the Mama Cash house in Hendersonville. Living under the same roofs as the "Ring of Fire" singer has inspired Brian Oxley to try his hand at songwriting and the output so far is quite compelling and would likely appeal to Cash fans the world over. Oxley has even written tracks for Cash's nephew Thomas Gabriel that prove talent still abounds in the acclaimed Cash family tree.

The Nashville Film Festival (NashFilm) is a globally recognized nonprofit organization and cultural event presenting the best in world cinema, American independent films and documentaries by veteran masters, up-and-coming directors, and first-time filmmakers. With Academy Award qualifying status, the Nashville Film Festival celebrates innovation, music and the many voices of the human spirit through the art of film. Originally founded in 1969, the Nashville Film Festival is one of the first film festivals in the United States and will host its 51st festival from October 1-7, 2020.

Official Trailer - "Elvira: The True Story of Dallas Frazier".

Related Links: For more information on THE OXLEYS and the NASHVILLE FILM FESTIVAL and the other organizations mentioned please visit the following links - Nashville Film Festival | Oxvision Films | Previous Coverage


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