Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More

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Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live... and More

credit: Concert Still: Lindsey Byrnes

A celebration of the musical legacy of Memphis' best-known secret - Big Star - and their legendary THIRD album. Performed by a collective featuring members of Big Star, the dB's, Let's Active, the Old Ceremony, the Posies, R.E.M., Semisonic, Wilco, and Yo La Tengo with Kronos Quartet, Skylar Gudasz, Brett Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Jessica Pratt, Luther Russell and others. Following the untimely death of Alex Chilton two days ahead of Big Star's SXSW performance in 2010, famous friends and fans came from far and wide to play the gig in his honor. Much of that spontaneous ensemble, along with other musical titans, return to SXSW in this triumphant film.

Year:  2017
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Genre:  Documentary, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Documentary Feature
Country: United States
Runtime: 95 mins

Benno Nelson

Director Bio

Benno Nelson began his career directing music videos, fortunate enough to direct pieces for Beck, James Bay, Dwight Yoakam and Quincy Jones. In 2009 Nelson created Yes Equals Yes, a mind melting production company. Y=Y clients include Republic Records, Warner Brothers Records, AMC, Sundance, the Weinstein Company and Sony.


Director:  Benno Nelson
Executive Producer:  Lowell Rottenberg
Producer:  Sig Sigworth, Elizabeth Boettcher James, Chris Stamey
Cinematographer: Scott Rettberg
Editor: Emilio Martinez, Benno Nelson, Steve Banta
Principal Cast: Chris Stamey, Jody Stephens, Mike Mills, Ken Stringfellow, Pat Sansone, Mitch Easter, Jon Auer, Jeff Tweedy, Robyn Hitchcock, Kronos Quartet


Public Film Contact
Sig Sigworth
Concord Bicycle Music
Publicity Contact
Cary Baker

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