Deconstructing the Beatles: Abbey Road Side 2 (2019)
Director: Justin Drobinski, Sean Gallagher Run Time: 92 min. Release Year: 2019
Starring: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Scott Freiman
Country: United States
About the film:
With his Deconstructing the Beatles series, Scott Freiman combines his love of the band with his experience as a composer, producer and engineer to deliver unique educational lectures about their creative process. He moves past the personalities of the four Beatles to uncover the reasons why their music continues to be loved by millions.
The Beatles’ Abbey Road is a masterpiece filled with classic Beatles songs, such as “Come Together,” “Something,” and “Here Comes the Sun.” George Martin told the Beatles to think “symphonically,” and they responded by creating the remarkable side two song suite.
Abbey Road was the last time that the Beatles recorded together at EMI Studios — soon-to-be-christened Abbey Road Studios after the album’s release. Despite the bittersweet atmosphere that surrounded the recording sessions, The Beatles’ outstanding songs and performances together with George Martin’s orchestrations produced an album that continues to be regarded as one of the best albums ever created.
With Abbey Road Part 1 (2019) and Abbey Road Part 2 (2019), Beatleologist Scott Freiman has created one of his most in-depth “deconstructions.” Freiman takes the audience on a journey track-by-track explaining the inspiration for the songs and their evolution in the studio.
Scott Freiman is an internationally recognized expert and lecturer on the music of the Beatles. He is creator of Deconstructing the Beatles, a series of multimedia presentations about the composition and production techniques of the band. He has presented his lectures to sold-out audiences nationwide and has spoken about the Beatles at colleges, universities, and corporations, and contributed his insights into for the 2013 book All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Beatles Release. He also writes about music and “deconstructs” songs and bands for Culture Sonar and co-hosts the monthly Fab Four Master Class with fellow Beatleologist Kenneth Womack.
About the filmmakers:
Deconstructing the Beatles’ Abbey Road: Side 1 (2019) was filmed by directors Sean Gallagher and Justin Drobinski at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville, New York.
Sean Gallagher is a documentary filmmaker and editor. With over a decade of experience in creating media for non-profits, he is currently Director of Media for Reconsider and was previously the Lead Content Producer at Jacob Burns Film Center. His first feature-length documentary, Brothers of the Black List, was presented by Jonathan Demme and screened at festivals such as DOC NYC and was awarded “Best Documentary” at the Catskill Mountains Film Festival. Gallagher is a recipient of the Merit for “Artistic Contribution to Social Justice” by the SUNY Oneonta Department of Africana & Latino Studies. He also served as a co-organizer of TEDxSingSing, one of the first TEDx events to be held inside a maximum security prison.
Justin Drobinski is a freelance cinematographer, camera operator, and production assistant. He is also the Equipment Manager at Jacob Burns Film Center Media Arts Lab as well as the Cinematographer for the in-house Production Team. He has collaborated with Gallagaher on multiple projects, including several films in the Deconstructing the Beatles series as well as the short documentary Whispering Spirits.See our upcoming films