Paducah native to showcase country music songwriter's life at film festival


Reporter - Elizabeth Fields

PADUCAH- On Thursday night, the Maiden Alley Cinema will open its doors on the 8th Annual River's Edge International Film Festival. According to festival director Landee Bryant, more than 200 films have been entered and more than 40 will show in three different locations.

Among them is a documentary called "Hank Cochran:Livin' For A Song". It's directed by Wesley Pryor and produced and edited by Greg Welsch. Pryor was born and raised in Paducah and is thrilled to have his film in his hometown's festival.

He started filming in 2007, shortly after Cochran was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

"We knew he was sick and that's why he really wanted to do this documentary,  kind of get his story out there," said Pryor. He added it was touch to catch up with all of the country music stars who have sang Cochran's songs.

"We got Brad Paisley, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, all these people were out on tour so that's why it took a long time.," he said.

It took so long that Cochran died before the film was completed. Pryor said he did get to show him all of the raw footage one day on his laptop.

"Every once in a while he's take the headphones off and look at me and just say, 'shew" and put them back on," Pryor said laughing. "It was great to see." (Click here to watch a trailer for the film.)

Pryor and Welsch are hoping lots of people will get to see their movie at the Riversedge Film Festival.

For ticket information click here. The festival runs from November 1 to November 4. Movies will be shown at Maiden Alley Cinema, Yeiser Art Center, and Market House Studio Theater.