100% of proceeds to fund Stephen Bruton namesake “Artist Wellness Program”
Road To Austin will be released to DVD & Blue-ray Disk on Friday, December 12, 2014. This is the full-length 3.5 hours of content version of the film. The film contains 38-performances and also includes the documentary of how Austin, Texas became the live music capital of the world.
100% of the proceeds from sales of the film will be used to fund the Stephen Bruton namesake “Artist Wellness Program”. The mission of this initiative is to offer the artist community free of charge, a comprehensive 90-day program that aids in the early detection and prevention of life threatening disease including Cancer, Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes. Before Stephen Bruton lost his battle to cancer he asked “Why wait until someone gets sick before we try to help?” The Artist Wellness Program addresses and answers his question.
“We are excited to release the film to the public for the holiday season. This project started over four years ago when Kris Kristofferson, Ken Kushnick and I agreed that it was time to do something meaningful and measurable in Stephen’s name. The Artist Wellness Program is a powerful step in bolstering the health, wellness and longevity of the artist community”, said Gary Fortin, Director and Producer of the film.
Road To Austin, chronicles how Austin, Texas became the Live Music Capital of the World, dating from 1835 to present day. The film highlights early 1800s Austin, the psychedelic movement, Armadillo World Headquarters, and numerous iconic musical inflection points that shaped the American musical culture of today. Vintage photos, rare posters, and never-seen-before video footage are presented with a soundtrack that truly inspires and reveals why Austin is such a magical epicenter of music, and why Texas music has influenced the world.
This feature length documentary builds to a climax as the storyline weaves its way towards an all-star live concert featuring Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Eric Johnson, Joe Ely, Ian McLagan, Bob Schneider, Bobby Whitlock & CoCo Carmel and 40 other artists - all led by musical director the late Stephen Bruton. Bruton is best know for his musical contributions with Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, and movies such as, Crazy Heart, Across the Universe, Heaven’s Gate and Don’t Come Knocking.
About “Artist Wellness Program”
One of the main focuses of the project will be to establish the film’s musical director, the late Stephen Bruton, as the namesake for the “Artist Wellness Program” (AWP). Bruton passed away on May 9th at age 60 due to complications from throat cancer. He was working in Los Angeles at the time on the film Crazy Heart, where he served as music producer and won a GRAMMY award for the film’s soundtrack. The other honorary name associated with the AWP is Ian McLagan. Ian lost his life at age 69 to heart disease and suffered a massive stroke on December 3, 2014. Ian was an integral part of the film Road To Austin and his estate has names the AWP as the official charity to receive donations in his name.
The program will afford Artists free of a charge, advanced biomarker medical screening for the early detection of life threatening diseases like Cancer, Heart Disease and Type II Diabetes. The results from these screenings will be the artist’s baseline as they are provided a 90-day program that guides them towards healthier choices and a higher state of wellness. The Artist Wellness Program is facilitated through the Texas Heritage Music Foundation.