BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze's profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey.

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Ethan Hawke




Showrunner: Ryan Hawke
Director: Ethan Hawke
Executive Producer: Louis Black
Producer: Ethan Hawke, Ryan Hawke, Jake Seal, John sloss
Screenwriter: Ethan Hawke, Sybil Rosen
Cinematographer: Steven Cosens
Editor: Jason Gourson
Production Designer: Thomas Hayek
Sound Designer: Ian McGettigan
Principal Cast: Benjamin Dickey, Alia Shawkat, Charlie Sexton, Josh Hamilton, Wyatt Russell, Jenn Lyon, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Rockwell, Steve Zahn, Richard Linklater
Additional Credits: Unit Production Manager: John Brister, First Assistant Director: James Cullinane, Second Assistant Director: Ashley Foster, Sound Supervisor: Shelby Gaines, Costume Designer: Lee Kyle


Public Film Contact
Ryan Hawke
Under the Influence Productions
Publicity Contact
Ryan Hawke
Sales Agent
John Sloss
Primary Entry: Platinum Badge, Film Badge
Secondary Entry: Music Badge, Interactive Badge, Film Festival Wristband

Genre: Drama, Music
Screening Section: 24 Beats Per Second
Screening Category: Narrative Feature
Country: United States
Language: English
Runtime: 127:13 mins