From Hollywood to Dollywood (USA) Director, John Lavin *
Official Closing Film ReelHeART 2012 *
Feature Documentary 1:19:01
On the fumes of a dream, gay twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane have written a script with a plum roll for one of their idols, Dolly Parton. Hollywood to Dollywood is a documentary of chasing dreams down the road of life. Wonderful scenes with southern born, Hollywood working actors: the wonderful chameleon-like Beth Grant (No Country For Old Men, Jericho, Donnie Darko, The X-Files), the fabulously funny and vocal Leslie Jordan (The Help, Will & Grace, Boston Legal), as well as Academy Award winning screenwriter and LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black (J. Edgar, Big Love, Milk).
ReelHeART Director Review Comment: “Having traveled a lot in southern states, I became very aware very quickly, how ‘different’ is not as interesting or quaint as it might be in say, Europe. Watching the Lane Brothers story unfold through Gary and Larry’s eyes was confirmation that the uptight Republican Baptist community is neither progressive, nor very willing to change their views on alternative/LGBT lifestyles. Ahhh.. you gotta love the ‘South”.
The Star Spangled Banner, America’s national anthem states: And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.” And the Star-Spangled Banner in triumph shall wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
God is of very little help here. And it appears; the “Brave” are only the sisters and brothers of the LGBT community in their unending quest for equality. This LGBT journey to deliver a polished script to their idol Dolly Parton is a fascinating, moving road trip through the very essence of Gary and Larry Lane. We find out who they are, what they stand for, what they feel and how society feels about them being staunch Baptist raised, identical gay twins from America, supposedly, the “Land of the Free”.
This film touched my soul. And it also made me laugh, but ultimately, it made me shake my fist in anger to anybody and everybody who seems to think it’s their business to know who we choose to sleep with at night. I call Bullsh*t!“