CRAZY, an Award-Winning Film Inspired by the Life of Guitar Legend Hank Garland, is an Official Selection at Hawaii's Big Island Film Festival, Screening Saturday, May 17, 7:30PM




May 16, 2008, 01:00 ET from Favored Nations Films

    LOS ANGELES, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- CRAZY, an independent feature film
 inspired by the tragic life and groundbreaking music of legendary 1950s-era
 guitarist Hank Garland, is an official selection at the third annual Big
 Island Film Festival (5/15-5/18) in Waikoloa, Hawaii. CRAZY will be shown
 at 7:30PM on Saturday, May 17 at the Festival Theater at Queen's Gardens.
     Most recently on the festival circuit, CRAZY, which was directed by
 Rick Bieber, won the Jury Award for Best Feature at the Charleston
 International Film Festival. For Charleston, SC's Post and Courier, film
 critic Bill Thompson wrote, "CRAZY has a bedrock feel of authenticity...the
 work of a filmmaker who genuinely cares about the story he is relating and
 the man at its core...a lively, emotionally resonant movie -- with
 wonderful music -- that is an uncommonly seamless meld of character study
 and period recreation." Earlier this spring, at the L.A. area's 10th Annual
 Method Fest in Calabasas, CA, the film won the Daily News Award for Best
 Screenplay for a script co-written by Bieber, Jason Ehlers and Brent Boyd.
     Bieber was introduced to the project, and to the late Hank Garland, by
 Ray Scherr, who served as Executive Producer for CRAZY along with guitar
 hero Steve Vai (who performs a cameo as Hank Williams) under the Favored
 Nations Films mantle. Scherr had known the Garland family for over a
 decade, and believed Hank's true story had great potential for a compelling
 drama. Hank consulted on the screenplay and was involved with the project
 until he passed away in December '04, shortly before principal photography
     Waylon Payne, acclaimed for his debut film role as Jerry Lee Lewis in
 the Oscar-winning film Walk The Line, stars as Hank Garland.
 recently wrote of his performance, "The brash and brilliant musician is
 well played by charismatic actor Waylon Payne." In addition to acting,
 Payne is a country artist with deep musical roots. He was named for his
 godfather, Waylon Jennings, and is the son of GRAMMY-winning country singer
 Sammi Smith and Jody Payne, longtime guitarist for Willie Nelson.
     Payne headlines CRAZY opposite Ali Larter (Heroes, Legally Blonde,
 Varsity Blues, etc), who plays Hank's beautiful but deeply troubled wife
 Evelyn Garland. Cast members also include: Scott Michael Campbell, who
 plays Garland's friend and fellow Nashville guitar ace Billy Byrd; Lane
 Garrison as Hank's brother and manager Billy Garland; singer Stacy Earl,
 who performs as country crooner Goldie Hill; Evans Forde as Nashville music
 legend Chet Atkins; and Ryan Cross, who plays jazz bassist Joe Benjamin.
     CRAZY chronicles Hank Garland's rise to fame in Nashville, from playing
 on hits for icons including Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers
 and Roy Orbison through his brief but influential solo career as a
 visionary jazz artist. It also explores his tempestuous marriage as well as
 his repeated clashes with the "Nashville Mob" -- who then controlled the
 country music establishment -- over artist's rights, civil rights and other
 issues. The car crash and electroshock treatments that eventually ended
 Garland's performing career and derailed his life are starkly portrayed,
 and the enormity of what was lost is deeply felt.
     CRAZY is also an official selection at upcoming 2008 festivals
 including: the Jacksonville Film Festival (5/15-18); Hoboken International
 Film Festival (5/30-6/5); New Jersey International Film Festival
 (5/30-6/15); Colorado's Breckenridge Festival of Film (6/5-8); Boston
 International Film Festival (6/6-14); International Film Festival of
 England (6/9-13, Tamworth, U.K.); Maui International Film Festival
 (6/11-15); Provincetown International Film Festival (6/18-22); Long Island
 International Film Expo (7/9-17); Napa Sonoma Wine Country Film Festival
 (7/16-28) and the Scottsdale International Film Festival (10/3-7).
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