Wish Me Away, the film that
documents country music singer Chely Wright's high-profile coming out
gay experience, has won at Frameline, San Francisco's annual gay and
lesbian film festival, IndieWire.com
The film, which had its world premiere
on April 15 at the Nashville Film Festival, was produced and directed
by Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf, who together run TVGals Media.
Wish Me Away won the Frameline35
Outstanding Documentary Feature.
“When we started this project, we
knew it was going to be hard,” Birleffi said last week at the
film's screening. “We had the idea that the world would open their
hearts with this film, that that was our guiding light.”
“The minute I decided to come out in
2007, the right people came into my life,” Wright said after the
film received a long standing ovation. “I knew the [filmmakers]
would handle this story with sensitivity. In telling my story, I
know that I'm really 'just like you,'”
Last year, Wright, 40, told People
magazine that she's a lesbian ahead of the release of her memoir Like
Me: Confessions of a Heartland Country Singer, in which she talks
about her life as a closeted country music singer.
Wright engaged to be married.)