Last night’s gala for Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing was a pretty great event. Apparently it’s the first documentary to get the gala treatment in some time, and the turnout of Dixie Chicks fans made their presence known. I really enjoyed the film – even though I don’t own any of the CDs, and I haven’t seen them live, I am a fan of their music and the movie is filled with performances. About the only thing missing from the movie might be an emotional statement from frontwoman Natalie Maines, who came off as a real firebrand, but didn’t really offer up her emotions on the events.
I also loved hearing about how they’ve stood strong against the American idiots who turned on them – it’s an emotional topic, and you can only imagine how hard it must have been, especially when the comment was rather flippantly offered up in the first place.
With that movie still fresh in my mind I decided I had to hit today’s press conference and had the amazing chance to listen to them all talk about what motivated the film, how they took it as the filming was happening, and how the two directors (Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck) got involved.