BIFF 2021: 20.-28. oktober
International documentary
Be Here to Love Me

Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt

ORIGINAL TITLE:
Be Here to Love Me: A Film About Townes Van Zandt
USA / 2004 / 99 min
DIRECTOR:
Margaret Brown
BE HERE TO LOVE ME is a tender homage to a man known as “The World’s Greatest Songwriter”

He was considered to be the world’s greatest songwriter, but didn't get tuned in his own life. Townes van Zandt was a born hobo who wrote a collection of bitter-sweet jewels between three failed marriages, gallons of alcohol and tons of drugs. Despite countless covers by artists from Emmylou Harris to The Meat Puppets, Van Zandt himself never scored a hit of his own. His greatest success was “Pancho and Lefty”, performed by Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard, which made it to number one in the American country hit parade in 1983.

Margaret Brown

BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT is Margaret Brown's directorial debut. She was the cinematographer for ICE FISHING which received a special jury prize from Sundance in 2000, and for which she received the Nestor Almendros Award for Cinematography from the NYU Graduate Film Program. Margaret has also produced a feature-length western about singing cowboys, MI AMIGO (2002).