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"Country Strong" includes Bristol references


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February 02, 2011
Article:
Bristol Herald Courier
By David Mcgee
Published: January 21, 2011
Updated: January 21, 2011 — 6:29 AM

The Twin City apparently receives passing reference in “Country Strong,” a new film featuring Gwyneth Paltrow as a fallen country singer.

Apparently, because Paltrow’s character Kelly Canter — a country superstar trying to overcome an addiction to alcohol — is twice introduced in concert scenes as the Belle of Bristol, although which side of town, Virginia or Tennessee, isn’t specified. In another scene, Paltrow and Tim McGraw, who plays her husband, James, ponder what might have happened if they hadn’t “left Bristol” to pursue her dream of a singing career.

“You’d still be singin’ in church and I’d be sellin’ insurance and we’d be miserable,” James Canter said in answer to his wife’s question.

While it doesn’t directly name Bristol, known as the birthplace of country music for landmark recordings made here in 1927, Paltrow’s attempt at a honey-sweet Appalachian accent likely doesn’t portray someone from Bristol, Conn.

“A lot of films make generic name references. It helps make the film more marketable,” said Nathan Lux, spokesman for the Tennessee Film Commission. “When ‘The Simpsons Movie’ came out, that was set in Springfield. But Springfield where?”

Shot in and around Nashville last year, the commission had no creative input on the film, Lux said, but helped attract the production to Tennessee.

“It wouldn’t be unlikely they meant Bristol, Tenn., given the Carter Family and the [city’s] link to country music,” Lux said.

The film has drawn mixed reviews. More than one online review picked up on the film’s mention of Bristol and cites the city’s role in country music history.

“Any connection to our city, our cultural heritage and our impact on country music — whether it’s subtle or beating you over the head — is a good thing,” said Kevin Triplett, board member of the Birthplace of Country Music Alliance. “If Bristol was impactful enough on a screenwriter to at least include it in a movie about country music, we’ll claim it.”

The alliance had no role in the movie’s screenplay, but Triplett predicted the awareness created by the BCMA’s proposed cultural heritage center would eliminate any doubt about which Bristol.

For a community trying to capitalize on and market its musical heritage, even a single pop culture mention can have value, said Matt Bolas, executive director of the Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“That kind of movie reference is validating,” Bolas said. “It’s always good to be referred to, in what’s popular. This area had some innuendo references in ‘Walk the Line,’ because of Johnny Cash’s ties to the Carter Family. Even though it wasn’t filmed here, we had people who enjoyed ‘Walk the Line’ that did come through here.”

The film commission doesn’t attempt to track the financial impact of tourism related to films, only the documented impact of hiring cast and crew and other expenses, Lux said.

The makers of “Country Strong,” for example, spent an estimated $7 million during the 40 days the film was being shot. They will be reimbursed a percentage of those costs through the commission’s incentive program, Lux said.

Bolas said he was aware that Bristol was mentioned in the film, noting that some communities in America set up tours after the first “National Treasure” film was released and some European cities had “DaVinci Code” tours, after being portrayed in that movie.

“If ‘Country Strong’ does that, it could be really beneficial to Bristol,” Bolas said.

Link to the article: http://www2.tricities.com/news/2011/jan/21/2/country-strong-includes-bristol-references-ar-788576/

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