Arclight Productions' Country: Portraits of an American Sound will have its World Premiere at the Nashville Film Festival on April 22. It will be featured in the Music Films / Music City Feature Competition. Tickets to see the film will be available through the festival Box Office, opening today.
Produced and directed by Steven Kochones for the Annenberg Space for Photography, Country: Portraits of an American Sound is a one-of-a-kind vivid exploration of Country music through the lens of the photographers who have documented its rise from innocent beginnings to a thriving industry and to a national identity. From the Carter Family to Taylor Swift, the film spans over 80 years of Country music history – uncovering the ideals, struggles and triumphs of the artists who have built an American sound.
“In Country: Portraits of an American Sound, we set out to create a way to experience this important part of American history and culture in a visually arresting way; and although the appeal of country music spans the globe, its roots are in Nashville. We began filming in Music City 18 months ago, and I am excited to return for the world premiere,” said Steven Kochones.

The film features the work of acclaimed and award-winning photographers: Les Leverett, Leigh Wiener, Henry Horenstein, Henry Diltz, Raeanne Rubenstein, David McClister and Michael Wilson.  Country: Portraits of an American Sound also includes interviews with country artists such as: Lyle Lovett, Keith Urban, Rosanne Cash, Roy Clark, Larry Gatlin, Marty Stuart, Brenda Lee, Terri Clark, Holly Williams and Kenny Rogers. The film also features music and songs by Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift,Hank Williams and more.
The documentary is a full-length feature film based on the short film that was a central component of the Country: Portraits of an American Sound exhibition at the Annenberg Photography Space in Los Angeles in 2014.  The film contains never-before-seen photographs, interview footage and new interviews with people from the Country music world such as artists Ronnie Milsap and Lorrie Morgan, designer Manuel and seminal musical artist Charley Pride. 

Country: Portraits of an American Sound will screen for the public over two days in Nashville at the following times:

Festival Screening Schedule    




World Premiere Screening


8:30 PM         


2nd Screening


5:00 PM         


Screening Venue
Regal Green Hills 16
3815 Green Hills Village Drive
Nashville, TN 37215
For more information about tickets for press or the general public:
About Arclight Productions
Founded in 1997, Arclight Productions is an award-winning film production company specializing in documentaries, commercials and behind-the-scenes content. Since 2009, the company has produced 15 original documentary films commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography, some of which will be seen on KCET (Los Angeles) beginning April 19th: L8S ANG3LES, EXTREME EXPOSURE, DIGITAL DARKROOM, WATER: OUR THIRSTY WORLD, produced with National Geographic, the hit “WHO SHOT ROCK & ROLL: THE FILM,” which broke all attendance records, NO STRANGERS, and THE WAR PHOTOGRAPHERS. Arclight also works with major museums such as the California Science Center, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and renowned artist David Hockney. With a professional staff at full-service facilities in the heart of Hollywood, Arclight also boasts film finishing capabilities at high resolutions (4K), high frame rates (60fps) and 3D.