Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Exclusive: Tribeca Film Fest Opener Is Clive Davis Doc “Soundtrack of Our Lives”


UPDATE Announced finally officially, my scoop that Clive Davis’s doc will open Tribeca Film Festival. The trades don’t give credit, but we scooped ’em by a day and a half. There will also be a concert at Radio City after the screening with many of Clive’s famous acts. What a night! Tribeca Film Fest will kick off with a Radio City Spectacular!

I am hearing that the Clive Davis documentary “Soundtrack of Our Lives” may be announced as early as today as the opening film of the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s a great idea, and I hope it pans out. Davis is the most famous of all music men in the recording industry. Right now, people are fighting for a ticket to his pre-Grammy gala on February 11th in Beverly Hills. The black and gold satin box invite is a collectors’ item.

“Soundtrack” — directed by Chris Perkel– will be more officially unveiled next week in L.A. to potential distributors. Invites have also gone out for the Berlin Film Festival for international sales.

Opening Tribeca is a coup for both sides. Clive is a New York institution. By the end of April–when Tribeca opens– the film will have an American distributor. And imagine the guest list for a party! Included in the film are Whitney Houston of course. But among the living: Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon & Art Garfunkel, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Rod Stewart, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and so on.

One clue that this is all about to work out: I’m told Clive was a special guest last night at the premiere screening of Robert DeNiro’s new movie “The Comedian.” DeNiro and Jane Rosenthal are the founders of Tribeca. I would have asked Mr. Davis but he didn’t make it to the after party at the Friars Club, where I ran into plenty of other A listers (see next item). So I will rely on good spies, and good ears!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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