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Tribeca 2011: Opens with Crowe's The Union, Elton John and Leon Russell's Musical Collaboration

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 2, 2011 at 7:28AM

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.
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The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will open on April 20 with the world premiere of Cameron Crowe's The Union, about the musical collaboration of Leon Russell and Elton John, who will perform after the outdoor screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza. The Union began shooting in 2009, following John's writing and recording of his collaborative album with Russell, the man who was his idol early in his career. T-Bone Burnett produced the film. The festival, in its tenth year, runs through May 1.

John is "absolutely thrilled" that the film will premiere at Tribeca, he stated, and Crowe added: "As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration," which he "can't wait to show...to one of the greatest audiences in the world." Tribeca co-founder Jane Rosenthal stated:

“It’s a special opportunity to open our 10th Festival in this distinct and unique way—not only are we inviting the community to join us for the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s film The Union, but to have Elton, whose music transcends generations, perform after is an extraordinary gift to our Festival and more specifically the downtown community…Cameron Crowe gives audiences unprecedented access into Elton John and Leon Russell’s artistic process in an emotional and realistic way.”

Tribeca's feature film lineup will be announced March 7 and 14. Here's indieWIRE.

This article is related to: Directors, Festivals, Genres, Tribeca, Musical, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.