THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER follows Brandie Carlile and trailblazing, hell-raising country music legend Tanya Tucker, a woman who defied the standards of how a woman in country music was supposed to behave. Decades after Tanya slipped from the spotlight, rising Americana music star Brandi Carlile takes it upon herself to write an entire album for her hero based on Tanya’s extraordinary life, spurring the greatest comeback in country music history. THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER follows Tanya’s richly creative, utterly captivating, bumpy ride back to the top as Brandi encourages her to push past her fears to create a new sound and reach a new audience. The writing, the experimenting, and refining of this new music mixes with all that came before – using rare archival footage and photographs to delve into Tanya’s history, beginning in a single wide trailer in Seminole, Texas. Taking stock of the past while remaining vitally alive in the present and keeping an eye on the future, THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER is a rousing exploration of an unexpected friendship built on the joy of a perfectly timed creative collaboration. Director Kathlyn Horan (Breaking 2, Past Due, Religion of Sports) joins us for a conversation on the pure joy and anxiety that were intertwined throughout the remarkable journey to document the return of Americana / Country Western legend Tanya Tucker to a Brandi Carlile produced recording project and eventually a concert tour, as well as the friendship that develops between the two women and the importance of Day One in the trajectory of this magical film.
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About the filmmaker – Director / Producer Kathlyn Horan is an award-winning director and producer based in Los Angeles. She is premiering her new documentary THE RETURN OF TANYA TUCKER – featuring Brandi Carlile at the 2022 SXSW Film Festival. Her documentary feature, THE IF PROJECT, had its World Premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival, won the Lena Sharp Award for Persistence of Vision and a Special Jury Prize. Kathlyn is producing an upcoming feature documentary about the Indigo Girls. Her previous producing project, BREAKING 2, won the Cannes Lion Gold & Silver, Gold and Silver Clios, garnered an Emmy nomination and was a finalist for the Tribeca X Award. The project brought together two iconic brands, National Geographic and Nike in a feature documentary following the journey to break the 2-hour marathon barrier.. Kathlyn has produced commercials for major brands and award-winning scripted shorts including PAST DUE which won a jury prize at the Woodstock Film Festival. Working across genres and platforms, she directed a short form documentary profiling 6-time Grammy winner Brandi Carlile’s prison concert that launched in partnership with Rolling Stone. Continuing her work with Carlile, Horan directed a documentary music video for her song Hold Out Your Hand in support of March for Our Lives which premiered on NPR music. She recently directed an episode for the TV documentary series RELIGION OF SPORTS, executive produced by Tom Brady, Michael Strahan and Gotham Chopra. The episode traces the journey of a high school basketball team from remote Alaskan islands to the Native American Basketball Tournament in Arizona.
“The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile is an essential watch for fans of any of the players involved. I’d highly recommend it if you appreciate great music.” – JimmyO, We Live Entertainment
“Bless Carlile for giving Tucker the respect she deserves, now.” – Dwight Brown, DwightBrownInk.com
“This profoundly moving movie covers a different kind of success, as a great musician takes pains to make sure her idol receives some proper respect — the only currency that always matters.” – Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
“The documentary’s skillful use of archival footage connects us to Tucker’s extraordinary talent as a singer and her vibrance and magnetism as a performer.” – Nell Minow, RogerEbert.com
“The real draw is watching Tucker work with Carlile.” – Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic
“The Return of Tanya Tucker is a fittingly unconventional portrait of a nonconformist.” – Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter