Tuesday, July 30, 2013

William Tyler's 'A Portrait of Sarah' Is an Homage to Two-Lane Blacktop [Fresh Vid]

Posted By on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM

All right, film buffs. Who here recalls Monte Hellman's meandering 1971 portrait of wanderlust, Two-Lane Blacktop? Well, local guitarist William Tyler and director Michael Carter certainly do. In the above Carter-directed video — which is for "A Portrait of Sarah" from Tyler's Merge Records debut, Impossible Truth, and which debuted today via Pitchfork TV — Tyler and his companions participate in a recasting of Blacktop. That's of course Willy T. as our protagonist Jimmy T. (James Taylor), not to mention JEFF the Brotherhood's Jamin Orrall as sidekick Dennis Wilson, local comedian and Chris Crofton Show host Chris Crofton as antagonist Warren Oates, and actress Ashley Fisher as the heart-breaking young love interest Laurie Bird. With portions of the video shot at Goodlettsville's Music City Raceway and Nashville's Tennessee State Fairgrounds, the "Portrait" video is less a note-for-note remake than a heartfelt tribute. This scene with Harry Dean Stanton, for instance, didn't appear to make the cut.

Enjoy the video above, and if you still haven't, purchase Impossible Truth via Merge Records — they've got it in just about any format you can imagine. If you've got a couple of minutes, watch the Two-Lane Blacktop trailer after the jump. And hell, if you've got a couple of hours, watch the whole movie here.

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