Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 72 minutes

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope
The Ballad of Shovels and Rope

“If you wanna love me baby, then I wish you would.” So sings the song 1200 Miles by husband and wife folk duo Shovels & Rope. You’re in Cleveland, so it’s imperative that you recognize great music; and you’re at the CIFF, so you also have a palate for captivating filmmaking. Welcome to THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE, a combination of behind-the-scenes filmmaking and intimate portraits of artists creating their defining work. When filming started, Cary Ann Hearst was waiting tables and Michael Trent was working as a studio artist while the duo also played gigs in dive bars for 15 people. They’re deeply in love and living the life of poets in South Carolina when they set out with their trusty dog, Townes Van Zandt, to tour out of their van looking to catch a break. The poetry of THE BALLAD OF SHOVELS AND ROPE is written as we watch the rise of an incredibly talented band and get a rare glimpse into the creation of a record that went on to bring in Artists and Song of the Year awards. Be prepared to fall in love with Shovels & Rope. —T.W.

CIFF38 Screenings

Beachland Ballroom & Tavern

Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 8:00 PM

Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7:20 PM

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 12:15 PM

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Jace Freeman

Jace Freeman is part of the Nashville-based, Moving Picture Boys, a production company he created with producer Sean Clark. It was while shooting music videos in 2010 that Freeman met Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent and was charmed by their music and style.


Sean Clark

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