Dave Grohl documentary premieres 18 January at Sundance Film Festival 2013
Los Angeles-based Therapy Content partner and producer John Ramsay teamed with legendary rocker and first-time director, Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and producer Jim Rota for the upcoming feature documentary, Sound City. The film will have its world premiere in Park City, Utah at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, January 18th at 2:30p.m. (run time 106 minutes). See below for screening details.
Co-produced by Therapy Content (the film division of Therapy Studios) and Grohl’s company Roswell Films, and directed by Grohl himself, Sound City profiles the legendary, now-shuttered Van Nuys, CA recording studio of the same name. Some of the most iconic rock albums in history were recorded there, including Nirvana’s Nevermind, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ Damn the Torpedoes. Through a series of interviews and exclusive recording sessions with the likes of Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks and Rick Springfield, the documentary pulls back the curtain on the rockers’ creative processes.
"Sound City is a film about America's greatest unsung recording studio," says Grohl. "Deep in California's sun-burnt San Fernando Valley, tucked away behind the train tracks and dilapidated warehouses, it was the birthplace of legend. It was witness to history. It was home to a special few, intent on preserving an ideal." Grohl is no stranger to Sound City: it's where he and Nirvana recorded their breakthrough record Nevermind with music producer Butch Vig in 1991.
Not only homage to the studio, a reoccurring theme in the film is how advancements in technology have changed musicianship. Sound City seeks to demystify the elements required for good music, focusing on the human component. It is the film’s contention that an over-reliance on technology can take some of the soul out of rock ‘n’ roll.
Notes producer John Ramsay, “In addition to hundreds of interviews captured over a year, we strategically placed cameras throughout Dave’s personal studio to capture uninhibited music performance and collaboration. It provides unparalleled access into these artists’ creative space, detailing their music development and performance process. We hope the film will inspire a new generation of artists to make music this way.”
The heart of Sound City Studios was a vintage, analog Neve 8028 soundboard, so beloved by Grohl that he bought the system post-closing and now uses it in his private studio. Many were also drawn to Sound City for its unique acoustics. The odd contours of the studio were especially conducive to a pure drum sound. When asked to guest drum on a Nine Inch Nails recording, Grohl replied, “I’ll do it if you record at Sound City.”
In a recent interview with Billboard Magazine Butch Vig said of the film, "[Grohl's] probably interviewed 150 or 200 people so far, and now we've been working on musical collaborations to be a part of the soundtrack for the film."
Sound City world premiere, Friday, January 18, 2013 at 2:30pm at the MARC Theater located at 1200 Little Kate Road, Park City, UT. Q&A will immediately follow the screening. Dave Grohl (director), John Ramsay (producer) and Jim Rota (producer) will be in attendance.
Dave Grohl (Sound City) and David Gordon Green (Prince Avalanche, George Washington, All the Real Girls) with Melena Ryzik (The New York Times) will participate in TIMESTALKS panel discussion at the Cinema Café presented by Chase Sapphire PreferredSM on Tuesday, January 22nd at 10:10am located at the Filmmaker Lodge, Elks Building, 550 Main St., 2nd Floor, Park City. Open to all Festival Credential Holders.
- Friday, January 18, 2:30 p.m., MARC, 1200 Little Kate Road, Park City (525 seats)
- Saturday, January 19, 8:30 a.m., Library Center Theatre, 1255 Park Ave., Park City
- Saturday, January 19, 6:00 p.m., Screening Room, Sundance Resort, North Fork, Provo Canyon (164 seats)
- Tuesday, January 22, 10:10am, TIMESTALK Panel Discussion, Cinema Café, Filmmaker Lodge, Elks Building, 550 Main St., 2nd Floor, Park City.
- Tuesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m., Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 East 400 South, Salt Lake City (300 seats)
- Thursday, January 24, 11:45 p.m., Library Center Theatre, 1255 Park Ave., Park City
- Sunday, January 27, 6:00 p.m., Tower Theatre, 876 E. 900 S., Salt Lake City (349 seats)
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