1. Dolly Parton: “Here I Am” Original Release Date: 25th of December 2019: Francis Whately (“David Bowie: Finding Fame) directs this expensive career retrospective featuring interviews with friends and colleagues, including Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, Kylie Minogue and Linda Perry amongst many others (see cast below). Documentary also delivers a wide vast of archival footage throughout the entire duration of Dolly’s career so far. Also included is a contemporary 2019 in-depth interviews from Dale specifically for this documentary.
The story begins with Parton celebrating the 50th anniversary of her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry, that holy cathedral of country music. As a little girl, her greatest ambition was to appear on the Opry stage. She grew up the fourth of 12 children and talks about needing more attention than her parents could provide. She felt different, even at a young age, which fostered her humanism and sense of self.
Here I Am deep dives into Parton’s artistry, highlighting lyrics and discussing her songwriting process. Her own words are illuminating and display a knowledge of country and folk music that is instinctual but also well informed. Left behind by the country music industry at the turn of the century, she turned to bluegrass and released three well-received albums which included some of the most esteemed musicians in the genre. They did it out of respect. Real recognizes real.
Dabney Coleman from scene from “9 to 5”, Franklin Hart, Jr., Mac Davis, David Dotson, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Jane Fonda, Sandy Gallin, Lloyd Green, Lydia Hamessley, Whitney Houston, Charles Kelley, Charlie McCoy, Kylie Minogue, Wayne Moss, Danny Nozell, Dolly Parton, Linda Perry, Hillary Scott, Mike Severs, Chris Stapleton, Lily Tomlin, Porter Wagoner, Barbara Walters, Kent Wells, Kevin Costner, Miley Cyrus, Carl Dean, Russell Harty, Dave Haywood, Elvis Presley, Jack White
Total Running Time is 1 Hour 28 Minutes
2. Larry King Now 08/24/16: Dolly welcomes Larry King to her Nashville Studio to talk about her new album, songwriting, her 50-year marriage and much more! In promoting her new “Pure & Simple” album, Dolly Parton sat down with award-winning television and radio host, Larry King. Watch to see what Dolly says about accepting people as they are, the possibility of a woman president, the newly released “Trio” project, reuniting with her “9 to 5” co-stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, the strangest fan experience she has ever had and more. Near the end, Dolly and Larry also play a revealing game of “If You Only Knew.”
Total Running Time: One Hour 58 Minutes