Kris Kristofferson in Provinces of Night (screening at Nashville Film Festival 4/17/2010)


A “Work in Progress edit” of this movie starring Kris Kristofferson, will be screening at the 2010 Nashville Film Festival on Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 p.m.  To learn more visit

by:  Elianne Halbersberg

Provinces of Night, an adaptation of William Gay’s novel, will be screened this Saturday, April 17, at 9:30 p.m. at the Nashville Film Festival.

Director Shane Taylor (The Grey and Surveillance, and W. Earl Brown, a veteran writer/actor known for his roles in Deadwood, CSI, and There’s Something About Mary, produced, directed and wrote the movie which shot in Wilmington, N.C.

Taylor and Brown lined up a remarkable cast, including Kris Kristofferson in the lead role of E.F. Bloodworth, Val Kilmer, Dwight Yoakam and Brown himself as Bloodworth’s sons, Frances Conroy as Bloodworth’s wife, Julia, Reece Thompson as teenage grandson Fleming Bloodworth, Hillary Duff as Fleming’s girlfriend, Raven Lee Halfacre, and three Gibson J-200’s to portray E.F. Bloodworth’s life partner and soulmate.

The score is also remarkable, with T Bone Burnett overseeing all of the music. Kristofferson performs an original track, “You Don’t Tell Me What To Do,” and ranges of other artists’ songs are featured in the film, including Steve Earle and Rodney Crowell.

Shane Taylor and W. Earl Brown spoke to about Provinces of Night and the significance of the J-200 in the film.    

What led to your adaptation of the novel?

EB: I remember the actual moment that I thought I would like to make this book into a film. My wife and I were flying back from Nashville, and I was reading an interview with Johnny Cash in Spin magazine. I looked over and saw a review of Provinces in the magazine that my wife was reading, and I said..

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