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Deconstructing The Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (2018)

Opens on September 7

Director: Justin Drobinski, Sean Gallagher Run Time: 98 min. Release Year: 2018

Starring: Scott Freiman

Country: United States
Language: English

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.

In 1967, The Beatles embarked on an ambitious project, writing and directing a one-hour film, Magical Mystery Tour. The music written for the film is some of The Beatles’ psychedelic best.

Magical Mystery Tour (2018) explores the music written for the Magical Mystery Tour TV show, as well as the additional songs that appeared on the 1967 LP. Freiman delves into the creative process behind “The Fool On The Hill,” “Blue Jay Way,” “I Am The Walrus,” and other selections from Magical Mystery Tour. Scott will also “deconstruct” other songs from the Magical Mystery Tour album, including “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “All You Need Is Love.”

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’ Sgt. Pepper (2018) 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.

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