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Music On Screen

The American Epic Sessions

Year 2016
Runtime 122 mins

*WINNER: Audience Choice, Best Documentary Feature & Discovery Award, Best First Documentary Feature 

Selected as a Top 10 Audience Favourite of the festival

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Director Bernard MacMahon and producer Allison McGourty in attendance at the National Music Centre screening on September 28! 

In 1925, American record labels began using the brand-new technology of electronic amplifiers and recording machines, leading to a revolution in how music could be recorded, distributed and enjoyed. This had a major effect on the industry, leading to entirely new genres of music, and innovations that all contributed to a global phenomenon. And now, using the only remaining model of that original equipment, modern musicians like Elton John, Beck and Alabama Shakes pay tribute to the people that influenced their art by recording special live performances of classic and original songs.

From executive producers T-Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, and Jack White, and featuring White at the helm of the artists involved, THE AMERICAN EPIC SESSIONS ties together history and art in a way that’s impossible to resist. Director Bernard MacMahon delivers operatic vocals, Mexican folk songs, inspirational gospel choirs and reimagined raps in rapid fire, earning this documentary several Official Selection designations on the 2016 film festival circuit.

Director
Bernard MacMahon
Executive Producer
T Bone Burnett, Robert Redford, Jack White
Producer
Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson, Bill Holderman, Adam Block
Screenwriter
Allison McGourty, Bernard MacMahon, Duke Erikson
Cast
Jack White, Elton John, Beck, Nas, Taj Mahal