Elton John and Leon Russell
When John teamed up with longtime idol Leon Russell to make 2010’s rootsy album The Union (produced by the grand poobah of such things, the legendary T-Bone Burnett), lifelong music junkie Cameron Crowe decided to film their collaborative process. The resulting documentary provides an intimate look at the collaboration, from writing through recording, and the April 20 screening will be its world premiere.
The screening will take place at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza.
In a statement, Tribeca Film Festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal said, “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.”
The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will run April 20 through May 1, 2011; its full slate of feature film screenings will be revealed starting March 7.