Shut Up & Sing


1h 39m 2006

Brief Synopsis

On stage at a 2003 London concert, Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold-out international tour: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." The comment was delivered on

Film Details

Also Known As
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, Shut Up and Sing
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Documentary
Music
Political
Release Date
2006
Production Company
ABC News; Bbc Archives; Bbc Productions Usa; CNN; Duart Film And Video; Independent Television News; Loeb & Loeb, LLP; Nbc News Archives; Nfl Films; Reiff & Associates; Sync Sound, Inc.; The Weinstein Company
Distribution Company
The Weinstein Company; A-Film Distribution; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Golden Village; Momentum Pictures Limited; Senator Film Verleih; Sponge; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; Village Roadshow Limited; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Synopsis

On stage at a 2003 London concert, Natalie Maines, lead singer of Texan trio the Dixie Chicks, spoke these 15 words to a small audience at the start of their sold-out international tour: "Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas." The comment was delivered on the eve of the American invasion of Iraq, and drew cheers from the decidedly anti-war and anti-Bush British crowd. It was an off-the-cuff remark typical of the lead singer's temperament. Natalie, and fellow Dixie Chicks Martie Maguire and Emily Robison, thought little of it. But history and this film demonstrate that at this heightened moment of political polarization in the United States, many people did care, and empowered this simple, yet loaded remark to carry serious and longstanding ramifications. The documentary shows the band from their peak of popularity as the national-anthem-singing darlings of country music and top-selling female recording artists of all time, through the now infamous anti-Bush comment, and on through the days, months and years of mayhem. The film also follows the lives and careers of the musicians through the writing and recording of their first album since "the incident"--and three years of political attack, making music, birthing babies, bonding, death threats, and laughter.

Crew

Robyn Adams

Production Assistant

Pamela Aguilar

Researcher

Kenneth B Anderson

Legal Services

Roger Arar

Legal Services

Ron Ayers

Sound Department

Alan Barker

Sound Department

David Becker

Associate Producer

David Becker

Cinematographer

Ari Bessin-hill

Assistant Editor

Jason Blackburn

Sound Department

Ulli Bonnekamp

Cinematographer

Kelly Brennan

Associate Producer

Rachel Brody

Apprentice

Susan Bryant

Sound Department

Christine Burrill

Cinematographer

Michael Campbell

Song

Ryan Carroll

Sound Department

David Cassidy

Cinematographer

David Cassidy

Sound Department

David Cassidy

Producer

Neil Cedat

Sound Editor

Ryan Chandler

Sound Department

Dixie Chicks

Original Music

Joan Churchill

Cinematographer

Kevin Cloutier

Cinematographer

Sheryl Crow

Song

Michael Culyba

Editor

Jim Czarnecki

Consulting Producer

Joshua Daniels

Apprentice

Claude Davies

Coproducer

Naomi Davis

Apprentice

William Davis

Editor

William Davis

Editor

Judah-lev Dickstein

Cinematographer

Judah-lev Dickstein

Assistant Editor

Giovanni Disimone

Sound Department

Maureen Dougherty

Line Producer

Adam Dworkin

Production Assistant

Bob Dylan

Song

Bob Eisenhardt

Editor

Jon Else

Cinematographer

Molly Fink

Assistant Editor

Neil Finn

Song

Anne Fratto

Assistant Editor

Sean Frechette

Associate Editor

Josh Freed

Apprentice

David Garcia

Production Assistant

David Gauff

On-Line Editor

Jeff Gibbs

Consulting Producer

Tamara Goldsworthy

Cinematographer

Lucian Gorczynski

Assistant Editor

Seth Gordon

Cinematographer

Seth Gordon

Producer

Gary Griffin

Cinematographer

Patty Griffin

Song

Lisa Gross

Production Assistant

Steven Grothe

Sound Department

Michael Guilbert

Cinematographer

Shannon Guirl

Associate Editor

Eric J Haase

Cinematographer

John Hadley

Song

Ken Hahn

Sound Re-Recording Mixer

Tim Haunert

Production Assistant

Wolfgang Held

Cinematographer

Mike Henderson

Song

David Hocs

Sound Department

Ian Holden

Apprentice

Marcus Hummon

Song

Craig Hymson

Associate Producer

Peter Jaszi

Legal Services

Jennifer Kardiak

Assistant Editor

Barbara Kopple

Cinematographer

Barbara Kopple

Producer

Aaron Kuhn

Editor

Sharon Lacruise

Researcher

Kenneth Lam

Apprentice

Dennis Linde

Song

Elizabeth Lipschultz

Apprentice

Luis Lopez

Producer

Luis Lopez

Cinematographer

Gary Louris

Song

Martie Maguire

Song

Lloyd Maines

Music Engineer

Natalie Maines

Song

Harriet Martin

Apprentice

Dave Meneses

Associate Editor

Gabriel Miller

Sound Department

Peter G. Miller

Sound

Peter Miller

Sound Department

Keb Mo

Song

Emma Joan Morris

Editor

Emma Morris

Editor

Greg Murphy

Cinematographer

Eddie O'conner

Sound Department

Megan O'hara

Consulting Producer

Emily Oberman

Graphic Designer

Doug O¿conner

Post-Production Supervisor

Cecilia Peck

Producer

Linda Perry

Song

Daniella Ponet

Apprentice

David Pritchard

Consulting Producer

Yuri Raicin

Sound Department

Marshall Reese

On-Line Editor

Bob Richman

Cinematographer

Ashraf Rijal

Apprentice

Darrin Roberts

Cinematographer

Bruce Robison

Song

Charlie Robison

Song

Emily Robison

Song

Pamela Romanowsky

Production Assistant

Pamela Romanowsky

Graphic Designer

Steve Rota

Production Assistant

Steve Rota

Cinematographer

Steve Schecter

Legal Services

Nancy Schreiber

Cinematographer

James Scott

Song

Rick Seefrieb

Cinematographer

Martie Seidel

Song

Bonnie Siegler

Graphics

John Silva

Music Engineer

Molly Snyder-fink

Assistant Editor

Bill Stokes

Colorist

Jeff Stonehouse

Cinematographer

Lauren Stonehouse

Production Assistant

Jon Stout

Apprentice

Shana Thompson

Production Assistant

Forrest Thurmond

Cinematographer

Jean Tsien

Editor

Jonah Volk

Production Assistant

Daniel Voll

Consulting Producer

Craig Weaver

Cinematographer

Byron Werner

Cinematographer

Bradford Whitaker

Cinematographer

Dan Wilson

Song

Raymond Wright

Apprentice

Pete Yorn

Song

Drew Zipkin

Production Assistant

Film Details

Also Known As
Dixie Chicks: Shut Up & Sing, Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing, Shut Up and Sing
MPAA Rating
R
Genre
Documentary
Music
Political
Release Date
2006
Production Company
ABC News; Bbc Archives; Bbc Productions Usa; CNN; Duart Film And Video; Independent Television News; Loeb & Loeb, LLP; Nbc News Archives; Nfl Films; Reiff & Associates; Sync Sound, Inc.; The Weinstein Company
Distribution Company
The Weinstein Company; A-Film Distribution; Ascot Elite Entertainment Group; Central Film Verleih Gmbh; Golden Village; Momentum Pictures Limited; Senator Film Verleih; Sponge; The Weinstein Company; The Weinstein Company; Village Roadshow Limited; Wild Bunch AG

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 39m

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Co-winner of the Docufest Competition Special Jury Prize Silver Plaque at the 2006 Chicago International Film Festival.

Released in United States Fall October 27, 2006

Limited Release in United States October 27, 2006

Expanded Release in United States November 10, 2006

Released in United States on Video February 20, 2007

Released in United States 2006

Released in United States October 2006

Released in United States January 2007

Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 18-November 2, 2006.

Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 5-19, 2006.

Shown at Rome Film Festival (Extra) October 13-21, 2006.

Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz - Best Documentary Feature) January 4-15, 2007.

Released in United States Fall October 27, 2006 (major markets)

Limited Release in United States October 27, 2006

Expanded Release in United States November 10, 2006

Released in United States on Video February 20, 2007

Released in United States 2006 (Shown at London Film Festival (Film on the Square) October 18-November 2, 2006.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Rome Film Festival (Extra) October 13-21, 2006.)

Released in United States October 2006 (Shown at Chicago International Film Festival October 5-19, 2006.)

Released in United States January 2007 (Shown at Palm Springs International Film Festival (Awards Buzz ¿ Best Documentary Feature) January 4-15, 2007.)

Co-winner of the 2006 award for Best Documentary by the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC).