Having already directed the documentaries "The U.S. vs. John Lennon," the director has plenty on his plate, including an Elvis Presley biopic, "Fame & Fortune," and a documentary that is nearly in the can: “IHYD: I Hope You Dance - The Story of a Song That Moves the World.” “It’s about one particular tune that has changed peoples’ lives. It’s five true stories about people whose lives were transformed by a song called ‘I Hope You Dance’ by Lee Ann Womack. These people heard it when they were going through some serious problems in life, so this film is a very uplifting spiritual thing. I also interview Graham Nash and Brian Wilson in the doc as singer-songwriters who have written songs that touched millions of people around the world -- what does it mean to create something that does that? And they kind of help put that in perspective.”
After that is hopefully a film about John Coltrane, and somewhere down the line Scheinfeld would like to tackle two other prominent musicians in documentary portraits: Paul McCartney and Cat Stevens. “I always felt that people don’t fully understand the depth and extent of McCartney’s artistry. They think of the poppy songs and fall into the bag that John was the serious one and Paul was the light one. To me that’s never been true and someone ought to make a documentary about that and track his path as an artist,” he explained. “And Stevens, now known as Yusuf, dropped out of the music business in the '70s because of his Islamic faith. He then came back to record secular music in 2006 and 2009. That’s just a fascinating story of a very sensitive, thoughtful singer-songwriter who touched so many peoples’ lives in the late '60s and 7'0s and then gave it all up for faith. So like, what kind of strength does it take in an artist to do that? And what would bring him back?”
Check out “Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)?” on SundanceNOW. Here's the trailer below.