From Cameron Crowe, the Oscar-winning writer and director of Almost Famous, comes a new documentary The Union, which follows Elton John and his early-career idol, Leon Russell, through the making of their 2010 album of the same name. The feature, which opens the festival, highlights the British superstar as he composes the album—a process never captured on film before. It includes appearances by award-winning producer T-Bone Burnett, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Stevie Nicks, and Don Was. Russell, who has collaborated with everyone from Willie Nelson to Aretha Franklin to Frank Sinatra, is a rock legend in his own right, with more than 40 albums to his credit. Following the outdoor premiere of the rock doc, John is set to perform live at the World Financial Plaza.
premieres Wednesday, April 20 at dusk, in a free screening at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza