It’s not every morning you wake up to a faxed letter from country superstar Dolly Parton – but that’s what Montreal director Tara Johns found sitting in her fax machine Tuesday morning.
Johns wrote and directed The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom – half of which was shot in Winnipeg in 2010.
“I would be lying if I said I wasn’t, in the back of my mind, hoping that it (the fax) would come – she’s been amazing this whole process,” said Johns about Parton’s involvement. “It’s been sort of a full circle kind of thing, because to make the film I needed Dolly Parton’s blessing.”
Johns said that Parton read the script, and wrote a letter giving her blessing for the film, which is about a young girl in the 1970s who finds out she is adopted, and for one reason or another, believes her biological mother is Dolly Parton.
Parton also loaned recordings of her voice for the film’s soundtrack.
“Whenever I talk to people, they always ask me what Dolly thinks of the film, and if she’s seen it, it’s always been the missing piece,” said Johns. “Now I know, and it feels amazing.”
The letter Johns received Tuesday morning reads as follows:
“I finally got a chance to sit down and actually watch your movie ‘The Year Dolly Parton Was My Mom”. I thought it was really, really great and was very, very proud of it. You did a wonderful job.
“Just wanted you to know that I had seen it. Send my regards along to all of the folks who worked on it. The little girl and her mother were great… actually I thought everyone was great. But I especially loved my little daughter. (Ha!)
“Best of luck on your future products.
“With Appreciation, Dolly.”