VELVET GOLDMINE — (Via Deadline) Apple TV+ has released the trailer for Todd Haynes documentary The Velvet Underground, the director’s debut doc that premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pic will be in theaters on streaming on the service on October 15.
A deep dive into the seminal 1960’s avant-garde rock band, the doc dissects just what made the New York foursome one of the most influential band of all time, using interviews, never-before-seen performances and experimental art to tell a story about how Andy Warhol’s house band — Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker — became a cultural lighthouse fusing art, music and film.
The doc premiered Out of Competition at Cannes in June. Haynes, Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn and David Blackman are producers. Michele Anthony, Danny Bennett, Pamela Koffler and John Sloss executive produced.
Haynes told Deadline at Cannes that what drew him to the subject matter was how New York was an artistic hub that helped spawn the band.
“I wish it could happen again,” Haynes said. “But I think it’s a product of a very unique and specific decade that has been well-described for that kind of creative vitality, spanning all genres of music and all kinds of recording artists during the 1960’s. But it also was further intensified by the locale and this geographic concentration of New York itself. And that’s the part that I find hard to find a parallel to today, in a very dispersed Internet, digital culture that doesn’t concentrate people and places in the same physical way that happened so distinctly in the 1960’s.”
The pic will be supplemented by The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, a two-CD and digital soundtrack that features both classic and rare Velvet Underground tracks. It will hit the street the same day the film is released via Republic Records/UMe.
Check out the trailer here:
The Velvet Underground were just a tad too early for me, but when I visited the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh years ago, there was such a wealth of material about them, I immediately dived right in and became a devotee.
Their music was transcendent and I got right into them and what Warhol created with them was amazing and seminal. I’m a Lou Reed-fan too and treasure his work. His Berlin was sublime. Can’t wait to see this. Haynes is an exceptional movie maker.
It debuts on Apple TV October 15.
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NAMES IN THE NEWS — Heather Moore; Sergio Kardenas; DC LaRue; Mark Bego; Freda Payne; Lush Ice; Marc Elliot; Gordon Elliot; Tom & Lisa Cuddy; Simon Cowell; Art Rutter; Michelle Grant; Samantha Ryan; Tony King; Bob Siegal; Bobby Shaw; Mike Greenly; Carol Ruth Weber; and, BELLA!