Great news today as Cameron’s documentary The Union about Elton John and Leon Russell’s recently collaboration will open the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th. It will be a free, outdoor screening at the World Financial Plaza, along with a live performance by Elton John. I expect Cameron will be in attendance as well. Here’s the relevant quotes announcing the world premiere:
“It’s a special opportunity to open our 10th festival in this distinct and unique way,” said festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal. “Not only are we inviting the community to join us for the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s film The Union, but to have Elton, whose music transcends generations, perform after is an extraordinary gift to our festival and more specifically the downtown community.”
Crowe’s film entails a rare look at the writing and recording of John’s most recent album last year with collaborator Leon Russell and producer T Bone Burnett. Bernie Taupin, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Booker T. Jones, Stevie Nicks and Don Was appear in the documentary.
“As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration,” said Crowe. “We can’t wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival.”