Ryan Bingham Sets First Post-'Crazy Heart' Film Project (Exclusive)

Ryan Bingham has written the main title theme and will produce the music for the film "A Country Called Home," his first film/music project since winning an Oscar and a Grammy for 2009's "Crazy Heart."

The film will be the full-length directorial and screenwriting debut of Bingham's wife Anna Axster, whose background is in short films, music videos and commercials. Imogen Poots ("A Late Quartet," "Greetings From Tim Buckley") is attached to star.

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Nicolas Gonda (Terrence Malick's "The Tree of Life" and "Voyage of Time") is producing. Bingham and Axster and will announce this week a Kickstarter campaign to raise $75,000, basically remaining 20 percent of the film's financing.

Bingham plans to write other songs for the film and solicit contributions from other songwriters and performers, plus score the film. Naturally, all of those decisions belong to Axster, he says.

"It's still in the early stages," Bingham says of the film's music. "I would like to film it in Texas and I envision (a score) of a lot of acoustic instruments – mandolins, guitar, violins – but not old-timey. I do have the idea of getting together a bunch of friends and musicians, renting an old cabin and jamming to start coming up with ideas."   

While the couple -- Axster also manages Bingham -- continues to work on pre-production for the film, Bingham intends to wrap up the writing for his next record. He says he has about half the songs he needs and is revisiting some older ideas he abandoned. He'd like to start recording in January.