A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story


Sequoia 1 Fri, Oct 7, 2016 6:15 PM
Century Larkspur 3 Mon, Oct 10, 2016 5:30 PM
Film Info
Running Time:97 min.
Director:Keith Maitland
Producer:Keith Maitland
Susan Thomson
Cinematographer:Sarah Wilson
Editor:Austin Reedy
Print Source:The Film Collaborative
Note Writer:Laura Henneman


A celebration of the longest running music program on American television, this spirited documentary gives audiences the ultimate backstage pass to Austin City Limits. Filmmaker Keith Maitland tracks the creation of the show’s 40th season, weaving together current interviews with an astounding range of archival performances. It shares the enthusiasm of longtime producer Terry Lickona and the crew who make the show happen, and, in following Bay Area favorite Thao Nguyen, captures the excitement of a performer preparing for her very first appearance on the ACL stage. Highlighting the uniqueness of ACL, many musicians interviewed comment on the show’s impact on them as music fans as well as artists. Interviewees and featured performers include long-associated artists like Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, and Bonnie Raitt; bands like Wilco and The Pixies, who marked the show’s integration of more alternative sounds; and newer acts like Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., and The Avett Brothers.

Guest in attendance 10/7: Hillary Pierce (Producer)

Tickets for the concert at Sweetwater with Thao Nguyen on 10/7 sold separately.
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Additional Information

Keith Maitland (Director/Producer) An Emmy-nominated director of feature documentaries, Maitland and his team at Go-Valley immersed themselves in the 40 years of Austin City Limits music history. At the same time, they embedded with the Austin City Limits production team to capture behind-the-scenes, backstage, rehearsal, and performance moments with the incredible artists who graced the ACL stage in Season 40 to create the ultimate fans’ digest of the longest running music program on TV. As a live music fan, Maitland couldn't have asked for a greater opportunity to capture the energy and magic of the live music experience and the untold history of an American music institution. 2016 marks the release of two feature docs from Keith Maitland. Both A Song For You as well as Tower, a feature documentary about the 1966 University of Texas tower shooting will premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival.