Dwight Yoakam: Film Auteur

“Honky Tonk Man” country music star Dwight Yoakam (who in the past has shot some of his own music videos) has now made his debut as a feature film director. His “South of Heaven, West of Hell” — starring Billy Bob Thornton, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda (Bridget’s father), Vince Vaughn and Yoakam himself — just wrapped in southern Arizona, reports PEOPLE Daily contributor A.J. Flick. The movie, which Yoakam, 42, also wrote, centers on a lawman named Valentine Mathers and an ornery bunch of outlaws known as the Henry clan. One insider calls it “a sweat-and-blood-in-the-mud Wild West morality play, very much in the style of Sam Peckinpah (“The Wild Bunch”) . . . a man’s story.” The flick is expected to bow at next January’s Sundance Festival.

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