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"You can find inspiration anywhere, if you're looking...this just happens to be where I'm looking." - Beau Jennings
"You can find inspiration anywhere, if you're looking...this just happens to be where I'm looking." - Beau Jennings
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"The Verdigris" is proudly the first official Project Launch from the Aviation Cinemas team (The Texas Theatre). A group of notable Oklahoma musicians and filmmakers have announced plans to create a documentary tracing the life of Will Rogers across the United States.

“The Verdigris: In Search of Will Rogers” will consist of two parts — a documentary film and an accompanying record. Oklahoma-born musician Beau Jennings, has spent the past several years writing songs about Rogers, his boyhood hero. Oklahoma filmmaker Bradley Beesley will follow Jennings across the United States as he performs these original songs at various locations where significant events in Rogers’ life occurred — from Oklahoma to Hollywood to Alaska.

“‘The Verdigris’ is something that has become very special to me — it’s named for the river that runs through both my hometown and Will’s — and I hope it can become something special to others, too,” Jennings said. “I think everyone knows Will as Oklahoma’s favorite son, but I also think he has faded into the past a bit, reduced to a few memorable quotes. Hopefully with this project, we can all rediscover what made Will Rogers so cool.”

The footage of Jennings’ performances will be interspersed with interviews and other narrative elements to tell the story not only of Rogers’ life, but also of Jennings’ attempt to explore through his songwriting the inspiration he finds in Rogers. The accompanying album will include songs performed on location, as well as songs recorded in the studio.

In addition to Jennings and Beesley, the project is presented by Aviation Cinemas (Barak Epstein, Eric Steele, Adam Donaghey, Jason Reimer) and the project team will include Producers Eric Steele and Adam Donaghey, co-producer Jonathan Fowler, and music producers/studio engineers Jarod Evans and Chad Copelin from Blackwatch Studios.

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    Free download of 4-song EP consisting of live performances of songs from the upcoming album 'The Verdigris' as performed on the April 2011 fundraiser tour.

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    The above, plus a free download of 'The Verdigris' studio album upon release.

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    All of the above, plus a free download of 'The Verdigris' film upon release.

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    All of the above, plus 2 film posters of your choice from historic Texas Theatre vault.

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    All of the above, plus a physical copy of each of album from Beau Jennings’ discography, plus a chance to have your picture taken while sitting in Lee Harvey Oswald’s seat at the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas.

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    All of the above, plus your name will appear in the end credits of The Verdigris alongside the job title of your choice. Options include: 1) Prop Gum Chewer, 2) Prop Lasso Spinner, 3) Prop Newspaper Columnist, 4) Prop Joke Teller, and 5) Prop Radio Commentator.

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    All of the above, plus Beau will perform a private show for you and your guests at a date and location mutually agreed-upon.

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    All of the above, plus a PRIVATE screening at the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas of the film of your choice (subject to copyright and availability) for you and up to 3 guests.

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