Kickstarter supporters and a few cast members were treated to a preview of rock documentary The Ballad of Shovels and Rope at American Theatre last Sat. March 22. The project, developed by Moving Pictures Boys (director Jace Freeman and producers Sean Clark and Paul Bannister), was three years in the making and follows hometown heroes Cary Ann Hearst and husband Michael Trent as they go from show to show, living in their van, to crafting the hit O’ Be Joyful album and becoming Americana Music Association “Emerging Artist of the Year.”
The cheerful storyline will likely please fans as the narrative juxtaposes the band's hits against the couple’s teasing commentary and unrehearsed slapstick — for instance, a scene where Hearst visits a coin laundromat on Johns Island and the washing machine bursts spilling water across the room. In the next take we see Hearst smiling and mopping up the mess herself, a glimpse of their real rock 'n' roll life. For those looking to see The Ballad of Shovels and Rope in wide release, Bannister says the movie will be making the film festival circuit for the next six months in hopes of securing distribution.