Saturday, September 12, 2015

American Epic Sessions Coming to London Film Fest

Stephen Stills are among the many artists featured in The American Epic Sessions, a documentary that takes a look at the birth of recorded American music that will get its world premiere on October 10 at the 59th edition of the U.K.’s BFI London Film Festival.


In the movie, an eclectic variety of respected musicians, including Elton, Stills, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Los Lobos, Taj Mahal, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell and Jack White, are shown recording music using 1920s recording equipment that’s been reassembled in a Hollywood studio. White and producer T Bone Burnett helped organize the sessions, and the two — along with Robert Redford — executive-produced the documentary.

White, Burnett and Redford also have executive-produced a companion, three-part documentary series titled American Epic that takes a more in-depth look at the early history of recorded music in the U.S., including detailing how record company scouts would travel America with recording machines in the 1920s in search of new talent.

Both The American Epic Sessions and American Epic will get their U.S. television debuts on PBS in January 2016.

The American Epic Sessions will get an encore screening at the 2015 BFI London Film Festival on October 16.

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