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Published on Aug 29, 2007
"Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe," the first video for Austin, Texas-based Okkervil River's The Stage Names, was directed by Margaret Brown, whose acclaimed documentary about Townes Van Zandt, Be Here to Love Me, was released theatrically in 2005 by Palm Pictures. Director Jonathan Demme hailed Be Here to Love Me as "a thrilling piece of pure cinema," adding that Brown "has moved the whole 'possibilities of film' thing a big leap forward, especially as regards the blending of film and music, image, sound and thought. "The New York Times' Stephen Holden called Be Here to Love Me "Impressive! A tender, impressionistic film biography," while Anthony Lane of the New Yorker elaborated that Brown conceived her movie, she says, to be "vinyl, not CD," and the ride of it does indeed deliver a rough-edged truth."