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Folk Alley Presents 'The Ballad of Shovels and Rope' at the Cleveland International Film Festival

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 Anne 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 on tour with their trusty dog, Townes Van Zandt. The poetry of The Ballad of Shovels and Rope captures the rise of an incredibly talented band and offers a rare glimpse into the creation of a record that went on to win the band Song of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year prizes at the Americana Music Awards. Be prepared to fall in love with Shovels & Rope.

The Ballad of Shovels and Rope will be screened three times:
Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. at the Beachland Ballroom
Monday, March 24 at 7:20 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas
Tuesday, March 25 at 12:15 p.m. at Tower City Cinemas.

Regular ticket prices are $12 for CIFF members, $14 for non-members, and $12 for students and seniors the day of the show. By using the code "FOLK," Folk Alley listeners can receive a $2 discount on their CIFF tickets - good for any Festival Film (unless otherwise specified). Members can purchase tickets online at, through the Ulmer & Berne Film Festival Box Office in the lobby of Tower City Cinemas, or by phone at 877-304-FILM (3456).


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