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Cameron Crowe's documentary on Elton John to open Tribeca Film Festival

March 2, 2011 | 11:38 am

Elton John will be the star of Tribeca Film Festival's opening night with the screening of Cameron Crowe's documentary "The Union" that tracks the collaboration between the singer and Leon Russell. The free, outdoor showing, set for April 20, will be followed by a live performance by John.

The Crowe doc chronicles the entire writing and recording process of John's collaboration with his early-career idol, Russell, with whom he hadn't spoken in 38 years. Also appearing in the documentary are music producer T Bone Burnett, John's lyricist Bernie Taupin, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph and a 10-piece gospel choir.

"As a longtime fan of both artists, it was a pleasure to spend a year filming their collaboration," said Crowe. "We can't wait to show it to one of the greatest audiences in the world, the Tribeca Film Festival."

The 10th annual festival will run April 20 through May 1. The rest of the event's film slate will be announced on March 7 and March 14.


Elton John welcomes a baby with David Furnish

-- Nicole Sperling

Photo: Elton John, left, and partner David Furnish arrive for the opening night of 'Billy Elliot: The Musical' in Toronto on Tuesday. Credit: Associated Press

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