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Almost Almost Famous

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Director Barry Lank plunges us into this unique world of tribute artists.

John Corrado

One Movie, Our Views

Director Barry Lank plunges us into this unique world of tribute artists.

John Corrado

One Movie, Our Views

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The Story

Almost Almost Famous is a rockin’ and rollin’, wild musical ride following the stories of Texas rockabilly musician Lance Lipinsky as Jerry Lee Lewis, Las Vegas-based R & B singer Bobby Brooks as Jackie Wilson and the “Elvis from Orlando”, Ted Torres.

From the beer joints of Texas to the Karaoke bars of Honolulu, we come to understand how these incredibly talented singers became some of the world’s top tribute artists. But what happens when borrowed fame begins to lose its charm?

Bobby Brooks' life is turned upside down after Jackie Wilson’s family come to a performance and DNA tests reveal some jaw dropping, against-all-odds news. Ted’s career on the nostalgia circuit reached the top when he won best Elvis in 2017, but he can’t be “Young Elvis” forever. Lance played Jerry Lee in the HBO series “Vinyl” and for 6 years on stage in "Million Dollar Quartet” but can he find fame on his own?

Then there’s Marty Kramer, one-time road manager to rock music’s biggest stars.  Marty struggles to keep their feet on the ground, the music centre stage, and the crowds clamouring for more on the “Class of 59” cross country road tour. 

Smart, funny and full of heart, this high-end, feature-length documentary takes you on a musical ride. But after years on the road, borrowed fame is beginning to lose its charm. Who will break through and who will break down? Can any of them find stardom on their own terms, or will they always be Almost Almost Famous?  

Co-produced with Lank Beach Productions.

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Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

For distribution information (World, excluding North America), please contact Espresso Media.

For distribution information (Theatrical in Canada), please contact Level Films.

Educational Sales:

For educational sales please contact Merit Entertainment Inc.

Duration(s)

CBC Version / DVD - 78 min. 

Theatrical - 84 min.

Press Materials

Here you will find the Almost Almost Famous press kit.

Distribution & Educational Sales

Please contact us if you'd like more information.

Not available for distribution.

Production Format: 

For distribution information (World, excluding North America), please contact Espresso Media.

For distribution information (Theatrical in Canada), please contact Level Films.

Educational Sales:

For educational sales please contact Merit Entertainment Inc.

Duration(s)

CBC Version / DVD - 78 min. 

Theatrical - 84 min.

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About The Team

Writer, Director & Director of Photography
Barry Lank

MERIT MOTION PICTURES AND LANK/BEACH PRODUCTIONS IN ASSOCIATION WITH DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL PRESENT “ALMOST ALMOST FAMOUS” 

A FILM BY BARRY LANK

DIRECTOR BARRY LANK

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER MERIT JENSEN CARR

PRODUCED BY MERIT JENSEN CARR AND LUANNE LANK

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY BARRY LANK CSC

EDITOR KARSTEN WALL

WRITER BARRY LANK, KARSTEN WALL

Released:
2018