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Grace Of My Heart

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Featuring writer/director Allison Anders and star Illeana Douglas in person! DCP Premiere, courtesy of Universal Pictures!
Grace of My Heart is acclaimed writer/director Allison Ander’s unabashed love letter to three decades of popular music, from the doo-wop era of the late 1950s, to the rise of the girl groups in the 1960s to the psychedelic era of the 1970s, all seen through the eyes of an aspiring singer who sacrifices her own singing career to write hit songs that launch the careers of other artists as she searches for her own voice. Illeana Douglas plays Edna Buxton (with a career name change to Denise Waverly), a talented young woman (loosely based on Carol King) with dreams of stardom and a passion for music who turns to writing songs for other artists when she’s told there’s no place for her own songs in the early ‘60s musical landscape. As she travels through two decades of personal and professional challenges, from her first big break, through the pain of rejection from the recording industry and dealing with rocky marriages – one to a Gerry Goffin-like songwriter (Eric Stoltz), the other to a Brian Wilson-type musical genius (Matt Dillon), to her struggle to realize her dream of recording her own album, the film captures all the glamour, excitement and heartbreak of an industry that can both make and break even the most talented artists. Also starring John Turturro, Peter Fonda, Chris Isaak and Patsy Kensit. (Dir. by Allison Anders, 1996, USA, 116 mins, Rated R)

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