Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick

Rock Prophecies wins Best Documentary

cheap-trickoldImagine seeing bands like Led Zeppelin or the Rolling Stones long before they became famous. Legendary Rock photographer Robert Knight did just that, and has the photos to prove it. ROCK PROPHECIES explores Robert’s amazing career and follows him on his quest to help the bands of today become the Rock legends of tomorrow. When Robert stumbles upon Tyler Dow Bryant – a 16-year old guitar phenom from Texas – he’s convinced he may have found the next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Robert risks his reputation and career and takes a chance on Tyler. The two then set off on an unbelievable journey to take their own shot at making history. ROCK PROPHECIES just won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2009 AFI Dallas Film Festival. It also received the highest combined vote total collected of any film playing at that festival. Dallas’ WFAA-TV film critic Gary Cogill said, “ROCK PROPHECIES is a remarkable film and one of my favorite films at the AFI Dallas Film Festival this year.”  The film features interviews and performances from Jeff Beck, ZZ Top, Carlos Santana, Slash, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, and Steve Vai, among others, and is an official selection screening in competition at the Nashville Film Festival on Saturday, April 18 at 7:30pm at the Regal Green Hills Theatre. Knight, Bryant and director John Chester will stick around afterwards for a brief Q+A, followed by an after-party at 12th and Porter, with performances by Tyler Dow Bryant and Sick Puppies. A second screening is set for Wednesday, April 22 at 9:30pm at Regal Green Hills. “It’s a true story about having a dream, and how to fulfill that dream,” Knight says of ROCK PROPHECIES. “For that matter, it’s the story of fulfilling other peoples’ dreams, too.” While building relationships with established guitar royalty, Knight has always managed to keep his finger on the cultural pulse, leaping at the opportunity to photograph and promote emerging talent such as blues-rock star Joe Bonamassa, and rising bands Sick Puppies, The Answer and Panic At The Disco. Since Robert became involved, Sick Puppies has scored a hit single and viral video smash with “All the Same” and “Free Hugs,” The Answer has opened for AC/DC’s 2009 world tour, and Panic at the Disco’s debut album, A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, has sold 2.2 million copies. A film by John Chester and produced by Tim Kaiser, ROCK PROPHECIES was shot in multiple locations across the U.S. and England. For more information: www.rockprophecies.com

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