Lynyrd Skynyrd Film on 1977 Tragic Plane Crash Coming

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Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash 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 Feb. 12-27. The feature film will premiere there on Sun., Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. and will also have a nationwide theatrical release on June 30.

From the announcement: 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 front man Ronnie Van Zant amongst others, but who also physically pulled the remaining survivors out of the plane wreckage before staggering towards the nearest farmhouse in rural Louisiana to seek help.

Also killed in the crash were band members Steve and Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray Jr.

Related: The story behind the Skynyrd crash

Pyle also contributes original music to the film’s soundtrack.

Pyle said, “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.”

The film 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 studio’s plans for the roll-out include an international festival run followed by a domestic theatrical run, including personal appearances by Pyle, who will introduce the film and participate in Q&A’s with the audience. In select markets Pyle will perform a live music concert with the Artimus Pyle Band that will feature many Skynyrd favorites. A worldwide VOD and home entertainment release, including a soundtrack album are scheduled for June 30.

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