Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana announced today that his directorial debut, the feature documentary film, Sound City about the infamous recording studio in Van Nuys, California will have its premiere screening at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Grohl and select artists from the film will be in attendance at this year's Festival. More information can be found at SoundCityMovie.com. Here's what the director had to say about his first film.
"As a first time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City. Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity, and passion for art. I am over the moon!"
The film was conceived by Grohl after purchasing the legendary Neve 8028 recording console from Sound City Studios last year. The console, built in 1972, is considered by many to be the crown jewel of analog recording equipment, having recorded such artists as Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses, Fear, Nirvana, Rage Against the Machine, Slipknot, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, and countless other musical legends over the past 40 years.
Through interviews with the artists and producers that created decades of musical history at Sound City, the film showcases the amazing history of the studio, focuses on the albums recorded there that went on to change the world, then explores the human element of music in an age of technology, and features performances of new music created exclusively for the film.
Grohl's personal connection to Sound City began with the 1991 recording of Nirvana's breakthrough album, "Nevermind". Selling over 30 million copies worldwide, "Nevermind" changed the entire musical landscape and forever altered the course of Dave Grohl's life.
Roswell Films, a division of the Roswell Records label that releases Foo Fighters music, will distribute the film. Key personnel involved with the film include Producer/Director Dave Grohl; Editor Paul Crowder (Dogtown & Z-Boys, Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, Riding Giants); and Writer Mark Monroe (The Cove, Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, The Tillman Story). The film is also being produced in conjunction with Jim Rota, John Ramsay, and Therapy studios.