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Deconstructing the Beatles: The Birth of the Beatles (2018)

Opens on August 3

Director: Justin Drobinski, Sean Gallagher Run Time: 88 min. Rating: NR 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 the late fifties, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Richard Starkey were just four Liverpudlian teenagers who picked up guitars (or drumsticks) and decided to play music. With no formal training and no ability to read or write music, they tried to emulate their American rock heroes. Within a few years, they would change music history (and the world) forever.

In The Birth of the Beatles (2018), Freiman explores the path that brought the four Liverpool teenagers to superstardom — from their early days as the Quarrymen to their transformation in Hamburg — and the many characters who helped them on their journey.

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: The Birth of the Beatles (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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