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Immediate Family (2022)

Opens on December 12

Director: Denny Tedesco Run Time: 102 min. Rating: NR Release Year: 2022

Starring: David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Lou Adler, Peter Asher, Phil Collins

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

A backstage tour spanning multiple eras of musical history, Immediate Family (2022) tracks the rise and collaborations of a group of legendary session musicians — bassist Leland Sklar, drummer Russ Kunkel, and guitarists Waddy Wachtel, Steve Postel and Danny “Kootch” Kortchmar — through the 1970s and onward, chronicling their illustrious partnerships and their formidable record of hit-making.

Directed by Denny Tedesco, whose documentary The Wrecking Crew followed the first wave of studio musicians in the 60s, the film reveals the machinery behind the booming era of the singer-songwriter, when the talents of these four musicians were in furious demand. The foundations of their enduring friendship, formed on the road and in studios, is recalled with dynamite clarity — reminisced with fondness through intimate interviews with the guys themselves, as well as the memories of some of rock’s most iconic voices including Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins, and more.

About the filmmaker:

Denny Tedesco is known for his acclaimed music documentary The Wrecking Crew (2008), which honors the in-demand session musicians of 1960s Los Angeles. It was named one of the 50 Best Music Documentaries of All Time by Vulture. Tedesco recently directed the follow-up Immediate Family (2022), which won seven audience awards and features interviews with music industry greats. Over the last 20 years Tedesco has produced promos, videos and commercials for various companies and networks. Most notably in 2000, he produced the Academy Awards opening staring Billy Crystal and also the music video for Elton John’s song, “I want Love”, directed by artist Sam Taylor Wood and starring Robert Downey Jr. He is also producing the comedy series Hanging With Dr. Z, featuring comedian Dana Gould.

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