Movie-Making Experience a “Little Bit of Hell” for Yoakam

Dwight Yoakam told The Hollywood Reporter that launching his new film was “the hardest experience I’ve ever gone through in my professional life in terms of executing art.” Some individuals involved with Yoakam’s writing-directing film debut, South of Heaven, West of Hell, have filed complaints with unions and brought litigation against the county star in small claims court. The production company set up for the film, A Cast Of Strays, has filed for bankruptcy. Yoakam says financing for the project fell through just prior to production. He kept the production afloat by using his own money. The film, featuring Vince Vaughn and Bridget Fonda, will premiere Jan. 28 at the Slamdance Festival in Park City, Utah.