Via a July 5-released Hulu documentary, the Country Music Association (CMA) officially moves into feature-length film production.
"CMA Fest: 50 Years of Fan Fair" is a 75-minute documentary that will highlight the festival's 1972 beginnings as Fan Fair, drawing 5,000 fans to Nashville's Municipal Auditorium, to the Tennessee State Fairgrounds by 1982 and then to downtown Nashville in two decades later.
Currently, CMA Fest draws nearly 20 times more fans a day across four days -- from all 50 states and 39 countries -- than it did 50 years prior.
"CMA Fest has taken several shapes throughout its storied history," says CMA Chief Executive Officer Sarah Trahern. "As we step into our 50th year, our hope with this film is to underscore the one thing that has remained with the festival—its heart. We are thrilled to share the evolution and magic of this incredible event with the Hulu audience."
"What better way to tell the story of CMA Fest than through the eyes of the artists, our industry and the fans," adds Kelly Striewski, the CMA's Senior Vice President, Marketing, Content & Communications Strategy. "This film highlights the truly unique connection that exists within CMA Fest and how this festival has continued to grow the Country community throughout its 50 years. We couldn't be happier to have this story debut on Hulu."
Striewski and Trahern also serve as co-executive producers on the project.
"We have a long and valued partnership with CMA and are excited to expand on that by adding this extraordinary film to the Hulu slate," says Rob Mills, Executive Vice President, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. "We can't wait to share this with music lovers everywhere, who will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the heart of CMA Fest and its many contributions to the Country Music community."
A who's who of five decades of country stars including Bill Anderson, Kelsea Ballerini, Dierks Bentley, BRELAND, Brooks & Dunn, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Shy Carter, Luke Combs, Valierie Ellis Hawkins, Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Miranda Lambert, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Mark Miller, Craig Morgan, Lorrie Morgan, Dolly Parton, Carly Pearce, Jeannie Seely, Blake Shelton, Frankie Staton, Thomas Rhett, Carrie Underwood, Keith Urban, Lainey Wilson, Trisha Yearwood and Chris Young are featured in the film.
CMA Fest's golden 50th-anniversary event transpires in downtown Nashville on June 8-11, 2023. From interactive and interpersonal events at Fan Fair X inside Music City Center to nightly concerts at Nissan Stadium, plus free daytime performances and activations throughout Lower Broadway, the event -- for which artists donate their time so a portion of ticket proceeds can be invested in music education programs through the CMA Foundation -- is the world's largest and longest-running country music festival.
ABC will air its annual "CMA Fest" network primetime special later this summer.
For more information on CMA Fest, visit https://cmafest.com.
This article originally appeared on Nashville Tennessean: CMA Fest doc to premiere on Hulu on July 5