Tribeca Film Festival To Open With Clive Davis Documentary ‘Soundtrack Of Our Lives’
The documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” has been set as the opening night film for the 16th Tribeca Film Festival on April 19 at the Radio City Music Hall. The premiere will be followed by a concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Earth, Wind & Fire. Produced by Michael Bernstein of Scott Free Productions, the film is directed by Chris Perkel and based on Davis’ 2013 autobiography. The film’s executive producers are Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio alongside IM Global’s Stuart Ford, David Schulhof, and Deborah Zipser. IM Global has provided financing for the said film which they had announced during last year’s Cannes film Festival.
Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tribeca Film Festival is all excited for the opening night.
“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives is a fascinating exploration of his remarkable story and the impact that a great producer can have on artists and music. We are excited to have this powerful film premiere on our opening night.” – Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tribeca Film Festival
“The Tribeca Film Festival has a wonderful tradition of artists supporting artists, so honoring Clive Davis and his unwavering commitment to music and creativity is the perfect way to open our 16th annual festival,” said Tribeca’s Paula Weinstein.
Perkel’s documentary is based on Davis’ 2013 bestselling autobiography, and chronicles the historic influence of “The Man with the Golden Ears,” who rose from humble Brooklyn beginnings, lost both parents as a teenager, and became one of the music industry’s most iconic figures by building notable record labels like Columbia, Artista and J. Davis became president of Columbia Records at the age of 35. He signed Donovan, who became a folk-rock star through Columbia’s Epic label, early on in his career. Along the way he launched music artists who have defined the 20th and 21st century, i.e., Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Earth Wind & Fire, The Kinks, The Grateful Dead, Alicia Keys, Hudson and more. After discovering Janis Joplin at the Monterey Pop Festival, and Chicago, Blood Sweat & Tears, Santana and Aerosmith shortly thereafter, it became evident Davis had a gift for discovering musical acts.
From 1967 to 1973, Davis was the president of Columbia Records. He was the founder and president of Arista Records from 1975 through 2000 before heading RCA Music Group. He’s currently chief creative officer of Sony Music Entertainment.
Davis has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He also received The Recording Academy’s lifetime achievement award.
The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate at the beginning of March.