Broke* begins with the question, “Is it possible for an artist to break?” Following on-the-verge artist Will Gray through the recording of his debut album, “Honeysuckle Wine” (featuring production oversight by Grammy Award-winning producer, T Bone Burnett), Broke* chronicles the stories of artists and executives searching for ways to thrive in the face of today’s music industry challenges. The film digs beneath the clichés and standard story lines to reveal an industry struggling to find a new identity and an artist who’s simply trying to establish one. Featuring candid interviews with industry insiders and intimate profiles of some of the brightest emerging musical talent in the country. With appearances from John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Isaac Slade of The Fray, Seth Godin, and Buddy Miller. The question Broke* asks evolves throughout the film, as does Will’s definition of “breaking.” After Will’s passing in 2013, his team worked to tell the rest of his story, sharing his journey as an artist. Can a new act be “broken” and what does “breaking” mean to the industry, the artist, and the fan?
Starring Ruby Amanfu, Bobby Bare Jr., Lonny Bereal
Director Will Gray