Andrew Slater Talks L.A. Film Festival Opener 'Echo within the Canyon'

Andrew Slater Talks L.A. Film Festival Opener 'Echo within the Canyon'

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The doc centered on Laurel Canyon’s 1960s music scene options and is govt produced by Jakob Dylan, who interviews a robust roster of music trade veterans together with Brian Wilson, Graham Nash and Eric Clapton within the movie.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is about to kick off Sept. 20 on the Ford Theatre with Echo within the Canyon, a love letter to the mid-'60s roots of the Laurel Canyon music scene from music trade veteran Andrew Slater. Executive produced by and starring Jakob Dylan, Echo within the Canyon options Dylan interviewing a robust roster of music trade veterans together with: Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian and Lou Adler.

In the documentary, Dylan additionally takes an incisive take a look at how their sound impacted up to date artists corresponding to Norah Jones, Beck, Regina Spektor and Cat Power, amongst others. "The interval we're speaking about is '65 by '67," Slater, who previously managed Dylan’s band The Wallflowers, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's how The Byrds have been listening to The Beatles, and The Beatles have been listening to The Beach Boys, and The Beach Boys have been listening to The Beatles and the way all that cross-pollination occurred to create this music that resonates internationally and throughout time." 

"Jakob’s on a journey, chatting with artists about recording these songs to search out out why they wrote them and, in the midst of it, he finds out all these private particulars behind the songs," Slater explains.

Slater has been within the enterprise because the late 1970s, appearing as a music critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and frequent contributor to Streets TalkinRolling Stone and People. In 1984, he joined Frontline Management as artistic director, the place he labored with artists corresponding to The Go-Gos and Stevie Nicks. He later went on to handle Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz, Beastie Boys and Jane’s Addiction. In 2001, Slater was named CEO of Capitol Records, solely to be ousted in 2007 after EMI merged Capitol with Virgin Records.

As a report producer, Slater has labored with artists corresponding to Warren Zevon, R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia and David Gilmour. He has additionally produced debut albums for Fiona Apple (Tidal) and Macy Gray (On How Life Is). His personal star-studded historical past — together with Dylan’s music connections — paved the best way for the movie’s stellar lineup, together with the late Tom Petty, whom Slater says had an inexhaustible information of the interval.

In 2015, a Laurel Canyon-themed live performance at downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theater acquired star energy from Dylan, Beck, Fiona Apple and Cat Power, all of whom make an look within the movie to debate the influence the Laurel Canyon scene had on their music. "Artists of one other era are there decoding the work of those individuals," says Slater. "What you get from watching it’s such as you're listening in on a private dialog between Jakob and these artists. More or much less the premise of the movie is extra concerning the 'echo' than it’s concerning the 'canyon.'"

Slater’s movie is primarily set within the mid-'60s, following the breakthrough of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The movie's time interval additionally displays those that settled in rustic Laurel Canyon, a location primarily based solely 5 minutes from Hollywood golf equipment the Whisky, the Roxy and the Troubadour, which helmed stars Joni Mitchell and Elton John in the beginning of their careers. 

"That interval is absolutely the singer-songwriter and the seek for the person," Slater defined. "In '65, '66, '67, it's a complete new world. It actually turns into the electrification of people music. The Byrds electrify people music, which is one thing that may not have occurred in New York due to the rigidity of the folks scene."  

Over the subsequent 15 years, musicians corresponding to Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles touched down within the Canyon, the place they formed an earthy, people sound generally known as "smooth rock." While it got here to outline the period, it additionally had detractors like Canyon resident Frank Zappa, who assiduously averted his well-known neighbors that he known as "navel gazers."

In her second yr as director of the L.A. Film Festival, Jennifer Cochis expressed her pleasure to be internet hosting the opening-night movie and live performance on the Ford, only a quick distance from the place Slater's movie takes place. "Echo within the Canyon actually afforded me the chance to create an expertise for individuals," she mentioned of the movie. "Our metropolis is so wealthy when it comes to our tradition and what we are able to see on any given day, that there’s one thing on the L.A. Film Festival that can enchantment to broad swaths of Los Angeles."

Running by Sept. 28, the pageant consists of 40 options, 41 quick movies and 10 episodic works from 26 nations. Stars anticipated to attend embody Toni Collette, whose Netflix collection, Wanderlust, will premiere on the Wallis in Beverly Hills, and Jim Gaffigan (American Dreamer and You Can Choose Your Family). Jack Black’s animated collection Post Apocalypto may even have its world premiere on the pageant, in addition to Rupert Everett presenting his writing-directorial debut, The Happy Prince, by which he performs Oscar Wilde. Classical violinist Joshua Bell will carry out following a screening of the 1998 movie, The Red Violin.

Other first-time filmmakers on the pageant will embody comic Ike Barinholtz, whose The Oath co-stars Tiffany Haddish, and David Raymond, whose thriller, Nomis, screens on closing evening. Slater is delighted to search out himself in good firm.

"Any time you make one thing from the center, and I believe that is positively from the center, you get invested in a means that takes you down a path that’s difficult."

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.