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“Clive Davis” to open 2017 Tribeca Film Fest

Chris Perkel’s documentary on record producer, A&R executive and music industry leader Clive Davis is slated to open the 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival. Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (pictured) ...
February 2, 2017

Chris Perkel’s documentary on record producer, A&R executive and music industry leader Clive Davis is slated to open the 16th annual Tribeca Film Festival.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives (pictured) chronicles the life and career of the influential music exec that rose from early 20th century working-class Brooklyn to the presidency of Columbia Records, where he would discover and launch the careers of such seminal musical acts as Janis Joplin, Chicago, Blood Sweat and Tears, Santana, Aerosmith, Simon & Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin, Rod Stewart, Sean “Puffy” Combs and The Grateful Dead.

The film features interviews with many of the above mentioned artists and examines Davis’ rise to the top of Columbia, building major record labels including Arista and J, while overcoming professional and personal challenges and tragedies.

Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives will premiere at Radio City Music Hall on April 19, followed by a special concert featuring performances by Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, and Earth, Wind & Fire, among others.

The film is produced by Scott Free Productions’ Michael Bernstein, with Ridley Scott and Mary Lisio serving as exec producers alongside IM Global’s Stuart Ford, David Schulhof, and Deborah Zipser.

Indie film and television studio IM Global, who provided financing for the film, will handle all international distribution rights, with WME to handle domestic sales.

The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate at the beginning of March.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs April 19 to 30.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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