Fandango is debuting a country music edition of its “I Love Movies” original video series, featuring four new episodes with Brad Paisley, Scotty McCreery, Maddie & Tae, and Old Dominion, the company announced Wednesday.
“I Love Movies,” an original video series celebrating the joys of moviegoing, is the centerpiece of Fandango’s largest promotional campaign ever.
The series features cultural influencers outside the film industry, and will run on the company’s Movieclips channel on YouTube, as well as Hulu, Roku and Samsung’s Milk Video service.
The newest episodes, shot at the CMA Music Festival in Nashville earlier this summer, are now available for viewing on the Movieclips channel and Fandango.com.
“There is a similarity between Country songs and the movies, maybe more so than any other art form,” said Paisley during his “I Love Movies” episode in which he reveals that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is his favorite movie. “Country songs, when done in a story form, are the closest thing to a Hollywood script you’ll find.”
Scotty McCreery discloses that Disney’s “Miracle” inspired him during his “American Idol” competition; for the band members of Old Dominion, “Back to the Future” is the movie that has most influenced them — so much in fact that their first music video, for the hit song “Break Up With Him,” was a parody of the film.
Maddie & Tae reveal in their interview that the 2008 horror film “The Strangers” left a lasting impression on the duo.
Previous episodes of “I Love Movies” have featured NBA All-Star Dwight Howard, skateboarding legend Tony Hawk and musician Darius Rucker. The interviews were conducted by New York Times bestselling author Cal Fussman.
“Going back to the premise, we realize that everybody loves movies, no matter whether you’re an athlete, political person or a host — movies are kind of like connected tissue between all types of people,” Fandango head of marketing, Adam Rockmore, told TheWrap. “I love kicking off with Country music because it’s widely popular in the United States and it’s all about storytelling.”
Rockmore went on to say that they’ve recorded 10 interviews, four of which are debuting today, with the rest launching alongside the Country Music Awards in November. Those episodes will include interviews with Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Neal McCoy, Thomas Rhett, and Hunter Hayes.
“Fandango and CMA had the same goal and same message: what we were pushing about movies, they were pushing about artists,” said Rockmore. “It’s great way to show the artists what we were capable of doing.”
See the four interviews below.