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The Union – Tribeca Premiere Tonight!

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Director of Photography, Nicola B. Marsh films Leon Russell and Elton John

Tonight is the big night for the debut of Cameron’s new documentary, The Union (along with a free concert from Elton John). If any readers of the site are able to attend tonight’s debut in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, please let me know how the experience was.

Cameron sat down recently for a video interview with EltonJohn.com from the set of We Bought a Zoo. In the first clip, he talks a bit about the project’s origin, and in the 2nd clip, Cameron shares his favorite moments from the doc.

Lastly, We thought you’d like to see a couple of behind the scenes photos from the 1st day of shooting the documentary (which was a writing session). Enjoy!

The Control Room, looking out into the rehearsal space (L-R: Leon Russell, Elton John)

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Apr 20, 2011

Exclusive Debut: The Union Poster + Tribeca Screening Details

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With the Tribeca screening of The Union just days away, I’m very pleased that we are able to debut the poster for the documentary above (just click on the poster above to enlarge). As you can see, the credits for the film are on display as well. I can also report that the running time for the film is 90 minutes.  If you live in the New York area and are wondering how to attend the free screening of The Union on April 20th, here’s the details:

  • You must have a Tribeca Film Festival wristband to attend the screening.
  • Wristbands will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 4 pm on Wednesday, April 20th, at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center.
  • Two wristband limit per person.
  • When you get your wristband, you will also get a list of details about how, when, and where to find your seat.
  • The screening will begin at 8:15 pm on April 20.
  • Details are still being firmed up, but programming at the Plaza may begin at approximately 7:30.
  • Note: Venue access and capacity are at the discretion of the NYPD.

 

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Apr 17, 2011

Crowe’s Nest: Singles, Leon Russell, Vinyl Appreciation

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The Crowe’s Nest is a  new feature that will collect random tidbits, etc. in one blog post. So without further adieu, let’s get started:

  • Time magazine shares their Top 25 Movie Soundtracks of All Time and Singles has made their list (not sure how Rushmore made the cut over The Royal Tenenbaums). Here’s what they said Singles: In 1992, a year that saw Nirvana outsell U2 and knock Michael Jackson out of the top spot on the Billboard 200, the definitive grunge sound track Singles arrived. Just as Nirvana was the right band at the right time, Singles was the right movie. The film’s score features a virtual checklist of bands from the then exploding Seattle music scene, including Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden and Mudhoney, and it helped cement grunge as the dominant sound of the decade. (Further bridging art and life, Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and the members of Pearl Jam made cameos in director Cameron Crowe’s homage to his hometown.) Sure, at its core Singles is a fairly typical movie about 20-somethings dating and mating (occasionally both, often neither), but it’s also a perfect snapshot of grunge’s day in the (black hole) sun.
  • Leon Russell was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Great news indeed. The ceremony will air at 8 p.m. March 20 on the cable music channel Fuse. Don’t forget that Cameron’s The Union documentary will open the Tribeca Film Festival on April 20th.
  • Lastly, there’s an interesting article by Philadelphia Inquirer writer Michael Smerconish about digital music, the fidelity inferiority compared to Vinyl and how this generation is missing out on the experience of listening to an album as a whole. There’s some nice personal experiences shared and he even discusses Cameron’s liner notes from Lynyrd Skynyrd’s One More From the Road.

 

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Mar 19, 2011

The Union Documentary To Debut at Tribeca

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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.”

 

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Mar 2, 2011

Mike Finger’s The Blue and the Black