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"‘Wish Me Away’ follows singer Chely Wright's coming-out story" by Gary Goldstein


"ReThink Review: Wish Me Away -- A Country-Music Star Comes Out in Hostile Territory" by Jonathan Kim 


"Chely Wright Releases Documentary" by Eric Parker


"Go see 'Wish Me Away'! A documentary about Chely Wright's coming-out journey" by Stephanie Miller


"For country artist Chely Wright, the situation is clear: 'Either you believe in freedom for all, based on real human equality, or you don't'" by Jack Silverman;;storyPage=1


 Movie Review: “Chely Wright: Wish Me Away” by Clay Cane

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 "A Country Singer Comes Out, Very Carefully" by Jeannette Catsoulis

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 '''Wish Me Away': The Wright stuff in gay country'' by Elizabeth Weitzman


 Movie Review by Sam Adams,75843/


 “Bay Area Repertory film picks, May 31-June 3” by G. Allen Johnson

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 "Chely Wright: Nashville Quietly Rejected Me";flexGridModule

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 "Lifted Off the Ground - An Interview with Chely Wright" by Richard Propes


"Chely Wright's County Life is Peaceful, Not Easy" by Christine Kearney


"Singer Chely Wright Comes Out in 'Wish Me Away'" by Jennifer Merin

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"God, Flag, Pickup Truck, and Lesbian Singer" by Gary Kramer

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"'I didn't come out to shut up': Lesbian country music star Chely Wright to receive Miami gay film festival award."

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“Summer sneak preview: Superheroes and returning franchises enliven 2012 slate” by Sarah Sluis

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An inspirational account of coming out, "Wish Me Away" is fascinating both as a biographical portrait of Chely Wright, the first significant American country music artist to openly identify herself as gay, and as a backstage look at how an entertainer prepares to make a revelation many might view as career suicide. By Joe Leydon


Directors Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf have crafted a first-rate piece of documentary filmmaking. It’s the right moment for this movie to reach audiences and enhance the conversation on a contentious issue.

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 [Chely Wright’s] personal and professional struggles are the subject of the alternately harrowing and triumphant documentary "Wish Me Away," which came to Outfest on Friday night after winning the jury documentary prize at the Los Angeles Film Festival and at Frameline, the San Francisco LGBT Film Festival by Steve Pond


Los Angeles Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize, Best Documentary Feature

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San Francisco International LGBT Festival, Outstanding Documentary Feature

Nashville Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary

Palm Springs International Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary

Melbourne Australia LGBT Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary

Seattle LGBT Festival
Audience Award, Favorite Documentary Film

Salem Film Festival
Alliance of Women Film Journalists “EDA AWARD”: Best Female Directed Film.

Philadelphia Q Fest
Jury Award, Best Documentary

Tallgrass Film Festival, Kansas
Golden Strand Award, Best Documentary

Pittsburgh LGBT Festival
Best Documentary

Fresno Real Pride Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary

Atlanta Out on Film Festival
Jury Award, Best Documentary

Newfest Film Festival, New York City

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