Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sundance Film Festival 2011 - “Troubadours” Documentary

Morgan Neville’s documentary “Troubadours” will be premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, taking place from January 20 to January 30 in Park City, Utah. The film, scheduled for competition in the U.S. Documentary section of the festival, chronicles the history of the legendary West Hollywood venue, Doug Weston’s Troubadour club, focusing on the relationship between two of its principal mainstays, James Taylor and Carole King. Emblems of the singer-songwriter movement that emerged in full bloom at the end of the Sixties, Taylor and King performed together at the Troubadour right at the beginning of their solo careers. In 2007, they got reunited on that very same stage for a series of shows celebrating the 40-year anniversary of the club. The concerts spawned a critically acclaimed and commercially successful US tour, and a CD/DVD of the originating event (see the Carole King & James Taylor entry in the Blog Archive under 2010 June). Morgan Neville’s documentary seeks to recapture the cultural zeitgeist associated with Doug Weston’s club weaving together a combination of different material, from rare performances to archival footage and interviews. Besides Taylor and King, the film is populated by many other musicians who have been part of the Troubadour scene in its heyday and who now contribute their insights about that golden era of the singer-songwriter movement: from Jackson Browne to Kris Kristofferson to Elton John, to name but a few. The documentary features contributions by Lee, as well as Danny Kortchmar and Russ Kunkel, and establishment luminaries like producer Lou Adler and rock critic Robert Christgau. You can check out the screenings calendar, some info and a short interview video about “Troubadours” on the Sundance Film Festival 2001 webstite, or just click on the following link to be redirected.


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