Ethan Hawke's high-wire biopic, opening at The Ross on Friday, September 28, tells the story of country blues singer Blaze Foley in a redneck-verité style that's as delicate as it is daring. At its best, BLAZE feels like a cinematic translation of not just Blaze Foley's life but his music, anchored by two incredibly likable, lived-in performances. –Brian Tallerico, Rogerebert.com The daring of Ethan Hawke as a filmmaker is that he shapes his scenes not in a conventional way but as randomly observed slivers of life that amble and glide along to Blaze's dawdling spirit. –Owen Gleiberman, Variety Director Ethan Hawke turns the story of hard-livin' troubadour Blaze Foley into a tribute to artistic integrity - and the best music biopic of the year --Peter Travers, Rolling Stone BLAZE is showing at the Mary Riepma Ross Media Arts Center on Friday, September 28 through Thursday, October 11. Show times are available at www.TheRoss.org, by consulting your newspaper, or by calling the MRRMAC film information line at 402.472.5353. The Motion Picture Association of America has rated BLAZE R (for language throughout, some sexual content and drug use). This program is being presented with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment. BLAZE is inspired by the life of Blaze Foley, the unsung songwriting legend of the Texas outlaw music movement that spawned the likes of Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson. The film weaves together three different periods of time, braiding re-imagined versions of Blaze’s past, present, and future. The different strands explore his love affair with Sybil Rosen; his last, dark night on earth; and the impact of his songs and his death had on his fans, friends, and foes. The braided storyline terminates in a bittersweet ending that acknowledges Blaze’s profound highs and lows, as well as the impressions he made on the people who shared his journey.