Glen Campbell – I’ll Be Me
In 2011, music legend Glen Campbell set out on an unprecedented tour across America. They thought it would last five weeks, but instead the tour went on for 151 spectacular, sold-out shows over a triumphant year and a half. What made this tour extraordinary was that Glen had recently been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. He was told to hang up his guitar and prepare for the inevitable. Instead, Glen and his wife went public with his diagnosis and announced that he and his family would set out on a “Goodbye Tour.” The film documents this amazing journey as he and his family attempt to navigate the wildly unpredictable nature of Glen’s progressing disease using love, laughter and music as their medicine of choice.
“Glen Campbell—I’ll Be Me” is an inspiring look at the award-winning talents of Glen Campbell, as well as the man behind the talent. Glen was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in recent years; this documentary follows him on his final tour and at home in 2012. The memory loss becomes worse, with the film featuring touching moments with his wife Kim, daughter Ashley, his sons and other family members and friends. His daughter Shannon says, “It’s not all bad—we get to celebrate his life while he’s still with us.” Sheryl Crow and Jay Leno appear and talk about how Glen has inspired them.
The film includes Glen at the doctor’s office, not really understanding what the doctor is saying but saying he doesn’t worry about the memory loss and things he can’t control. His ability to perform throughout the tour amazes everyone. He receives standing ovations time and time again. His sense of humor also shows his courage. “There’s nothing wrong with me,” he tells loved ones. “I just can’t remember anything.” The documentary features Glen performing at the Grammy Awards and being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award. He appreciates the honor, but it also irritates him a bit. “Lifetime?” he asks. “I’m not finished yet.”
When his daughter Ashley appears before a hearing to encourage lawmakers to allot more funds for Alzheimer research and care, she breaks and says that her father has a hard time following along with her at concerts now (he plays guitar and she plays banjo), and that he has forgotten her name a few times. She says she dreads the day he doesn’t remember it at all.
This film showcases an extraordinary man and his extraordinary family. He always remembers to point his family toward trusting God. We are pleased to award this film our “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12+. This inspiring film will touch you and amaze you.