Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing in Huntington

 

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Shut Up and Sing

“One of the most thought-provoking and powerful films of the year.” – Richard Roeper, EBERT & ROEPER

The Dixie Chicks are the best-selling female group of all time. Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing takes us behind the scenes during a dramatic period of their career: The result is one of the most intimate portraits of artists ever put on screen. The group made headlines all over the world in March 2003 when, as bombs were falling on Iraq, lead singer Natalie Maines told a London audience, “We’re embarrassed that the President is from Texas.” Not since John Lennon quipped that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus has a backlash been so fierce. Right-wing groups responded with radio boycotts, CD burnings – even a death threat. With millions of dollars at stake in music sales and corporate sponsorships, band members Maines, Emily Robison, and Martie Maguire uphold their artistry and politics against pressures to just “shut up and sing.” At a time when celebrities are carefully controlled to not rock the boat – and media access is even more controlled – The Dixie Chicks exhibit openness and the courage of their convictions. Like the title of their hit single, they’re not ready to make nice quite yet.

USA, 2006, 93 min., color • Directors: Barbara Kopple & Cecilia Peck • 2006 Toronto International Film Festival

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