Artists' Television Access

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah

Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 8:00 pm, $6

Stars burn out, legends live forever.Legends never die, they just get shot.

Blaze Foley: Duct Tape Messiah is a documentary about the doomed poet whose life was a country song. Born in a tree house, killed in a friend’s living room and 86’d from his own funeral, Blaze Foley is now a bona fide Texas legend. His heartfelt, funny and political songs are covered by Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson, John Prine, Lyle Lovett, Joe Nichols and in concert by the Kings of Leon. This new documentary from Austin, 12 years in the making, offers the intimate portrait of an artist who struggled for recognition and died defending an elderly friend.79 min, 2011.

Kevin Triplett is a self-taught filmmaker who grew up in a Texas family of photographers. His childhood love of film ended abruptly when the local KMart stopped selling Super8 cartridges. He went on to study technological widgetry, worked all over the south, and landed in Austin where he rekindled his love for motion picture storytelling.