2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Honky Tonk Heaven: Legend of the Broken Spoke

Tuesday, March 15
1:45PM - 3:00PM

Satellite Venue: Marchesa
6226 Middle Fiskville Rd


Hashtags: #sxsw #brokenspokefilm

George Strait, Willie Nelson, Ernest Tubb, Bob Wills, George Jones and Roy Acuff have all been regulars on stage at the world famous honky tonk, The Broken Spoke. With fifty years under its belt buckle “the last of the true Texas dance halls” has endured rapid urban growth and skyrocketing rents due to the passion and hard work of its charismatic, tenacious owners. More than a history of who played and when at this landmark venue, the film reveals a universal story about what it takes to maintain a family business in our increasingly corporate-driven society. Interviews include Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, the Waco Brothers and Alvin Crow.

Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2016
Runtime: 75min

Director: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Sam Wainwright Douglas

Executive Producer: Maria J. McDonald, Scott Mitchell

Producer: Brenda Greene Mitchell, Michelle Randolph Faires

Cinematographer: Lee Daniel, David Layton

Editor: Sam Wainwright Douglas

Additional Credits: Co-Producers: Alexandra "Ecky" Malick, Andrea Ogden, Jenny Holm, Cheree Hamblen Hayes

Principal Cast: James White, Annetta White, Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Dale Watson, Alvin Crow, James Hand, Jesse Dayton, Joe Nick Patoski, Cornell Hurd


Brenda was an executive producer on Somebody Up There Likes Me, a SXSW premiere in 2012 and Icebreaker, currently in post-production. HONKY TONK HEAVEN: LEGEND OF BROKEN SPOKE is her directorial debut. Sam directed PBS doc CITIZEN ARCHITECT and music doc THE HOLY MODAL ROUNDERS: BOUND TO LOSE and edited several feature documentaries including NO NO: A DOCKUMENTARY.

Public Film Contact
Brenda Mitchell
Wild Blue Yonder Films

Publicity Contact
Rene Ridinger



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