The first trailer has been released for Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash, a biopic based on former drummer Artimus Pyle’s life and account of that tragic day.  Written and directed by Jared Cohn, Street Survivors had its premiere on Feb. 16 at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, with the hopes it will hit theaters this spring. The movie was made without the approval of the current incarnation of the band, who refused to allow their music to be used.

“There have been many variations and accounts of this story,”  Pyle (Ian Shultis) narrates in the trailer, “But I was there.”  On Oct. 20, 1977, en route from Greenville, S.C., to Baton Rouge, La., the plane ran out of fuel and crashed in a swamp in Gillsburg, Miss. Three band members — frontman Ronnie Van Zant, background vocalist Cassie Gaines and her guitarist brother Steve — were killed, as were assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray. Pyle says in the clip: “This is more than a story about the plane crash. It’s about the music of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the greatest Southern rock band of all time.”

Take a look at the trailer at the link: here

Street Survivors: The True Story Of The Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash


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