Let It Be: A Mother’s Story
By Steve Date
During my visit to the Gauntt house in 2010, Casey, Brittany and her husband, Ryan Kirby, sat down in front of my camera and told stories about Jimmy. It turns out that what Casey had told me the previous October in Coalwood was only the beginning of the story. There was much more to tell — unlikely intersections of people, places and events. Some of these “coincidences” were downright unbelievable.
Hilary was the most reticent of the bunch to appear on camera, but toward the end of my stay, she mustered the courage to tell the story how the Paul McCartney song, “Let It Be” had surprisingly entered her life on a trip to Belgium about 9 months after Jimmy died. Hilary’s written version of the story appears on another page on this site. I reminded Casey a few months ago that I had filmed her telling that story 4 years ago. I sent him the unedited video clip and told him how beautiful I thought Hilary’s telling of the story on camera was. He was wowed when he saw it and immediately said that we should make a movie out of this.
So we did, and here it is.