Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound

Year: 2014
Country: United States
Run Time: 100 minutes

Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound
Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound
Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound
Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound

You could be a huge country music fan and not be familiar with the name Billy Mize, but you’ve certainly experienced his incredible influence on the genre. Mize began as a songwriter and quickly gained momentum in a promising career as a performer. Unfortunately, that was nixed due to a personal tragedy. Needing to stay near his family, Mize passed up touring opportunities. Instead he found a home on local L.A. television, where he inspired and fostered the careers of upcoming popular artists. Despite regional notoriety and extensive songwriting credits, he never quite found the commercial success he deserved. This led to an eventual stroke. Directed by his grandson, William J. Saunders, BILLY MIZE AND THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND finally tells the unheard story, featuring interviews with country legends Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. Saunders’ terrific documentary isn’t just for country diehards or music aficionados. It's for anyone who loves an uplifting story of validation and seeing someone finally receive the credit and attention they so undeniably deserve. – E.F.

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Competition
Music Movies Competition

Related Daily Postings
The Man Mize and His Music

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Director
William J. Saunders

William J. Saunders is a writer, producer, editor, and director from Overland Park, Kansas, who currently resides in Los Angeles, California. He has an M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University's School of the Arts.

Filmography
"Sweet Little Lies" (2011), BILLY MIZE AND THE BAKERSFIELD SOUND (2014)

Producers
Alex P. Greer, William J. Saunders

Cinematography
William J. Saunders

Editing
Morgan R. Stiff, David Nordstrom, Jeff Cvitkovic

Film Contact

This film is presented in loving memory of DAVID A. GUENTZLER, and to the angel who never left his side, TERRI.

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