Kino Lorber to re-release outlaw country music doc HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS by James Szalapski

Kino Lorber acquires U.S. and Canadian distribution rights for restoration of James Szalapski’s HEARTWORN HIGHWAYS

Rarely screened, the beloved 1976 documentary portrait of the outlaw country movement will be re-released nationwide in virtual cinemas on February 5


New York – January 21, 2020. Kino Lorber has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution for James Szalapski’s Heartworn Highways. The rarely-screened documentary, filmed in 1976, offers an intimate insight into some of country music’s songwriting legends, and will be re-released through Kino Marquee in virtual cinema. A deluxe soundtrack box-set produced by Light In The Attic Records was released in 2016.

The iconic documentary saw Szalapski travel to Tennessee and Texas to capture the radical country artists reclaiming the genre through an appreciation for its heritage in folk and bluegrass and a rejection of the mainstream Nashville machine. The hard living lifestyles of outlaw country’s figureheads are played out on screen in trailer homes, prisons, studios, living room jams and even a night long liquor-fueled Christmas Eve gathering. Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, Steve Young, David Allan Coe, and a 19-year-old Steve Earle along with their many friends appear and perform. Musical highlights include Clark’s poignant opening song, “La Freeway'', Young's stirring “Alabama Highways” and a deeply moving rendition of “Waiting Around To Die”, Van Zandt’s first song.

Heartworn Highways was negotiated between Kino Lorber SVP of Home Entertainment and  Business Development Alan Ferguson and  Graham Leader, the film’s producer with SeaLion Films and will be rolled out in virtual cinemas starting February 5 and will later be available on and home video.

Kino Lorber Director of Repertory Sales & Acquisitions Jonathan Hertzberg said, "Heartworn Highways is justly revered as one of the finest music documentaries and we’re honored and thrilled to add it to our classics library."

Heartworn Highways is directed and written by James Szalapski, produced by Graham Leader and edited by Phillip Schopper. It features Peggy Brooks, Guy Clark, David Alan Coe, Rodney Crowell, Charlie Daniels, Steve Earle, Wayne Moss, Gamble Rogers, Glenn Stagner, Townes Van Zandt, Seymour Washington, Larry Jon Wilson, Steve Young.

Kino Lorber

With a library of over 4,000 titles, Kino Lorber Inc. has been a leader in independent art house distribution for 35 years, releasing 30 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Repertory and Alive Mind Cinema banners, garnering seven Academy Award® nominations in nine years. In addition, the company brings over 350 titles yearly to the home entertainment and educational markets through physical and digital media releases. With an expanding family of distributed labels, Kino Lorber handles releases in ancillary media for Zeitgeist Films, Cohen Media Group, Greenwich Entertainment, Artsploitation, Palisades Tartan, Menemsha Films, Raro Video, and others, placing physical titles through all wholesale, retail, and direct to consumer channels, as well as direct digital distribution through over 40 OTT services including all major TVOD and SVOD platforms. In 2019, the company launched its new art house digital channel Kino Now which features over 1000 titles from the acclaimed Kino Lorber library. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Kino Marquee initiative was launched in 2020 pioneering "virtual theatrical" releases of art house films with revenue shares that allows audiences to support almost 400 local independent theaters.