The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum

Film Screening: The Last Ride: a story of Hank Williams

Friday, August 26: 7 p.m.

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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host a film screening and panel discussion of the Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams on Friday, August 26th in the Museum’s Foster Theater.  

The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a pre-screening reception including light food and refreshments in the Museum café, followed by a brief introduction of film at 7 p.m. in the Foster Theater by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum President and CEO Terry Stewart, as well as Harry Thomason, director of the film. A panel discussion will follow the film, featuring Thomason, actor Jesse James and music director Benjy Gaither. Questions will be taken from the audience during the panel discussion.

Inspired by the mysterious final days of Hank Williams' life, the Last Ride is the story of that final drive through the Appalachian countryside of 1950s America. Starring Henry Thomas, Jesse James, Kaley Cuoco, Fred Dalton Thompson, the film follows a lonely two-man odyssey; a boy coming of age and a man leaving this world way before his time, a victim of his own abuses.

Sparse and contemplative as a cold December drive through coal mining country, the Last Ride: A Story of Hank Williams takes us inside the heart of a man who knows he's dying, and a dreamless boy whose fate seems already determined. And yet, the all too human connection of two souls needing just one friend, and a beautiful young woman herself looking for something to believe in or hope for in a cold and lonely world leave us with an ending of hope, optimism, and ultimately, redemption on one man's last ride into eternity. The Last Ride is scheduled to be in theaters this fall.