Chely Wright: Wish Me Away 2012 CC

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After a lifetime of hiding, Chely Wright became the first commercial country music singer to come out as gay, shattering cultural stereotypes within Nashville and within herself.

Starring:
Chely Wright, Jennifer Archer
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1 hour 37 minutes

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Chely Wright: Wish Me Away

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Product Details

Genres Music, Documentary
Director Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf
Starring Chely Wright, Jennifer Archer
Supporting actors Howard Bragman, Tony Brown, Russell Carter, Cherie Combs, Rodney Crowell, Charlene Daniels, Welton Gaddy, Blair Garner, Natalie Morales, Rosie O'Donnell, Meredith Vieira, Chuck D. Walter, Christipher Wright, Stan Wright
Studio Gravitas Ventures LLC
Captions and subtitles English Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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It's a very touching movie.
Pamela Naylor
In this video, Chely Wright also demonstrates the raw courage that it takes to finally break free of societal taboos in order to live your life as your one true self!
B. Roche
I love Chely because she is honest with herself, which makes her honest and truthful to everyone else.
DarMae

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bett Norris on June 1, 2012
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I just watched this documentary that chronicles country singer Chely Wright's painful journey toward coming out. This is simply a wonderful documentary that I believe should be seen by teachers, by parents, especially by kids who might be just like Ms. Wright, as she tells what it was like for her as a child growing up in a small Kansas town, who went on to achieve her dream of becoming a singer and songwriter in the country music industry with great success, winning awards, having hit records.

It was a long and painful process for Ms. Wright, a well-known and loved star in country music, to decide to come out as gay, and this film follows her process so closely and intimately that it puts you right there in those most intimate moments, with the doubts, fears, sleepless nights, tears, and also shows her receiving help, counseling, and support as she writes her autobiography and records an album, both timed to be released when she makes her public announcement in May of 2010.

This film will move you to tears. It will also make you wish that if you are making this coming out decision for yourself that you could have a father and sister like Chely's, and a spiritual counselor like Weldon Gaddy.

You may not have people like them to help you, but you can have this remarkable film that will give you hope and guidance, whether you are closeted and deciding to come out, or a parent of a gay child, a teacher, or maybe a minister who might like some help in knowing how to help a faithful parishioner who seeks your support. If you are that kid in Des Moines who doesn't know where to turn for support, see this film, and know there are organizations like GLSEN and the Like Me Foundation that can help. Like Me: Confessions Of A Heartland Country Singer Ms. Wright's book is another wonderful source of inspiration and hope.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Patricia J. Moutard on June 3, 2012
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This film was incredible. I was in tears more than once. She tells her story... a story that needed to be told. Both for her, and the country music world, and beyond. I purchased her latest album right after it came out and I listened to it from beginning to end and was moved beyond words. This film, her story, is exactly what people need to experience. It takes seeing the pain, the heartache, the loss, and the fear, in a real person to realize that the culture of our society needs to change. Chely is a REAL person and her story, as well as her passion and the direction she is taking her life, is to be commended. Each step she takes, in her music, her book, as well as this film, WILL make a difference.

Chely has done and has the ability to do what I would like to do, but don't have the fame, the reach, or the presence that she does. The message she has to share is immensely important.

Bravo Chely. Bravo.

TJ
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frances Bland on July 25, 2012
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I watched this as a woman who went through some of the same struggles. I'm from a small town in Oklahoma, and I struggled with my own identity and a desire to be "normal". I felt like I was watching my own life. I ended up feeling happier and more inspired. I think this documentary should be seen by everyone. I think more people would be more accepting and loving if they understood that being gay is not a choice. I also think it will help others who may be struggling with their own identities. Such an inspiring story. I finally felt ok with my decision to come out, at home and at work. I finally quit hiding things. If others can talk about their spouses or partners at work, why can't I?
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Chely Wright grew up in a small Kansas town and knew, since she was five years old that she wanted to be a top country music star. In 1989 she moved to Nashville and was signed to Mercury Records. After two albums that failed, she finally hit the big time when she moved to MCA Records and had a #1 hit with "Single White Female". Her music videos - showing her as a sexually provocative woman - were all over TV. But, at the same time (at that young pre-teen age) that she knew she wanted to be a singer, she was also discovering that she was gay. Raised in a deeply religious pamily, she thought that God was "playing with her" or "punishing her" for something..

In 2010 she decided it was time to "come out" publically - the first country music artist to do so. She wrote an autobiography and created a new album and - through her publicist - made a plan to reveal her sexual orientation in a big way - First on the "Today" Show, then with Oprah and a cover story in People Magazine.

This 96-minute film from 2011 - produced and directed by two lesbian life-partners - captures the story, virtually in "real time". It's emotional and heartbreaking - especially the clips taken from Wright's "video diary" in the days leading up to that "revelation day", where she is shown without make-up (she is still gorgeous!) and pouring her emotions into the camera. But there are other stories here too. Yes, she is putting her career on the line (though it had been at least two years since she had a hit), but there is a team of publicists and promotion peolle who are using this event for other reasons. Don't you think Oprah and the Today folks expected large viewer increase and People Magazine looking for blockbuster sales with this cover story?
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