June 1, 2012
Studio: First Run Features
Directors: Bobbie Birleffi, Beverly Kopf
MPAA Rating: N/A
Starring: Chely Wright
Copyright Holder: N/A
Official website: WishMeAwaydoc.com
Chely Wright arrived to national prominence with her hit single "Shut Up and Drive." That hit was quickly followed by a string of top ten songs including "Single White Female," accolades from the Academy of Country Music, the distinction of being one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People of 2002 and even a brief relationship with country superstar Brad Paisley. Despite her success, Chely was unhappy due to a lifetime of pretending to be someone she was not. Growing up in Wellsville, Kansas, in the heart of the Bible Belt, the young Chely Wright prays daily, "Dear God, please don't let me be gay." Arriving in Nashville at seventeen, she quickly realizes that she will have to keep her sexual identity under wraps to make it in this town. No Country star had ever come out as gay, and there is no way she will be the first. But even at the height of her success, she remembers looking in the mirror and whispering, "Who are you? What are you doing?" Finally, having painted herself into a corner, she realizes that she cannot survive the life she has created. She breaks down. With a 16mm gun in her mouth, staring at herself in the mirror and wondering who will find her, she prays to God for a moment's peace. Songs begin to pour out of her soul and before long she plans her coming out moment, not just for herself, but for all the young people who believe they are damaged goods. Her public coming-out turns into an unexpectedly triumphant media whirlwind. She has struck a chord. As her Nashville dream fades, a confident, radiant and openly gay Chely Wright prepares for an unknown future.