DOCUTAH Brings the Story to the Hafen Theater at Tuacahn and Bumbleberry Theater in Springdale
February 01, 2017 — Saint George, UT Imagine being the secretary to The Beatles. Freda Kelly does not have to image it. She lived it for 11 years. This shy Liverpudlian teenager went to work for this new band and as the Beatles’ devoted secretary and friend, Freda was there to witness the evolution – advances and setbacks, breakthroughs and challenges – of the greatest band in history. Now, Freda comes to St. George for two screenings of the remarkable film, produced by Kathy McCabe.
In Good Ol’ Freda, Freda tells her stories for the first time in 50 years. One of few documentaries with the support of the living Beatles and featuring original Beatles music, the film offers an insider perspective on the beloved band that changed the world of music.
“We were excited that Freda was willing to travel from the UK to be present at these screenings with her producer, Kathy McCabe, and regale our audience in person with her stories,” said Della Lowe, Marketing and PR Director for The DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival. “Coincidentally, February 25th is George Harrison’s birthday, so we feel it is a celebration of his life.”
The film will have two screenings, the first on February 23 at 7 pm at the Hafen Theater at the Tuacahn High School and the second at the Bumbleberry Theater in Springdale at 7 P.M. Online reservations at docutah.com are required for tickets, which cost $10 cash paid at the door, because of space limitations.
History notes that The Beatles were together for 10 years, but Freda worked for them for 11. Many people came in and out of the band’s circle as they grew to international stardom, but Freda remained a staple because of her unfaltering loyalty and dedication.
The film has won wide critical acclaim in both the film and mainline press. The Hollywood Reporter declared, “Delightful doc gets as much mileage from its subject’s cheer as from Beatles lore.” Atlanta Magazine raved, “Oscar-worthy new doc. Kelly is a complete charmer. Prepare to fall in love with her.”
Producer, Kathy McCabe, is an award-winning photographer and Beatles expert with widespread experience in the music industry. She has worked as a publicist and manager, a music video and album producer, and also a recording studio manager. She initiated and engineered the production of Good Ol’ Freda.
This remarkable film is part of the monthly DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC series, but has been moved to Tuacahn High School to accommodate larger audiences.
DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
The 2017 DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival is held at Dixie State University in Saint George, Utah. Submissions for the 2017 festival are now open. The 2017 Festival runs from September 4-9 and includes filmmaker chats and gala events, all within the beautiful scenery of Southern Utah’s red rock country.
About DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival
DOCUTAH celebrates the art of documentary filmmaking, connecting Dixie State University and our community to the world. DOCUTAH offers a unique, entertaining International Documentary Film Festival and year-round programs including DOCUTAH@TheELECTRIC providing creative, cultural, and educational engagement.