Hollywood to Dollywood

This is not your typical road trip movie! Gay twin brothers Gary and Larry are off on the pilgrimage of a lifetime: to put their movie script into Dolly Parton’s hands.

North Carolina natives living in Los Angeles, these adorable Southern gentlemen have spent years writing a script for their idol. They’ve rallied Hollywood’s gay and Southern royalty, from Beth Grant to Dustin Lance Black to Leslie Jordan, and they’re ready to make Dolly an offer (they hope) she can’t refuse. What better way to make sure Dolly sees it than to hand it to her personally?

Armed with their script, an RV named “Jolene,” and a birdhouse replica of Dolly’s childhood home, the boys strike out for Dollywood, freely admitting, “We’re in over our heads.” They brave tornadoes, floods and their mom’s conservative values, all in the hope of making it to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee in time for the Dollywood 25th Anniversary celebration. The duo are engaging documentary subjects, petulant and wise in turns. You’ll root for them all along the way. You might even find yourself parroting the delightful Leslie Jordan—dressed impeccably in seersucker—who sends the two on their way with that knowing Southern benediction: “Bless their hearts!”


Jacob Sterling dir David Pittu and Todd Verow 2011 USA 7 min
Jacob Sterling is a musical theater composer and this is his video submission for the reality show Project Barbra.

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