“Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” the feature film on Lynyrd Skynyrd produced by Cleopatra Records has been officially selected for inclusion in the upcoming Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival taking place at the Staples Center/LA Live in Los Angeles from February 12 through February 27. The film will premier there on Sunday, February 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will also have a nationwide theatrical release starting this spring. It’s about the fatal plane crash that claimed the lives of frontman Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines.
“Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash” was scripted and directed by Jared Cohn (“Devil’s Revenge”, “Devil’s Domain”), produced by Brian Perera and co-produced by Tim Yasui for Cleopatra Entertainment. The biopic recreates the story about the ill-fated flight through the eyes of former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle (who narrates the film), who not only survived the plane crash that claimed the life of the band’s founder and frontman Ronnie Van Zant guitarist Steve Gaines as well as backup singer Cassie Gaines (Steve’s older sister), assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary, and co-pilot William Gray, through the eyes of the band’s drummer, Artimus Pyle, who survived the crash and takes the role of the film’s narrator. “This film’s story — MY story — is not just about the plane crash but also about my personal relationship with the genius that was Ronnie Van Zant — whom I loved like a brother and still miss to this day”, says Pyle.
Cleopatra Entertainment’s plans for the roll-out include an international festival run followed by a domestic theatrical run, including personal appearances by Artimus Pyle, who will introduce the film an participate in question-and-answer sessions with the audience. In select markets Pyle will perform a live music concert with the Artimus Pyle Band that will feature the hit songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd. A worldwide VOD and Home Entertainment release which will include a stand-alone official soundtrack album are scheduled for June 30.