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The American Epic Sessions

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This film is a haunting collision of past and present, presided over by the high priests of the great tradition of American music, Jack White and T Bone Burnett, who also executive produced with Robert Redford. Long before digital file sharing, MP3, compact discs, tape and vinyl, a machine was forged from ingenuity. The Western Electric lathe, a marvel of analogue engineering operated by a weight and pulleys, pioneered the recording of American music. In an old Hollywood studio, one has been lovingly reassembled. In it, White gathers an extraordinary convocation of musical superstars, all keen to cut a record in the unforgiving three minutes the Western Electric provides. Featuring live performances from Elton John, Nas, Willie Nelson, Alabama Shakes, Steve Martin, Ana Gabriel, Merle Haggard, Taj Mahal and many more. (LFF brochure)
BFI London Film Festival 2015 - World premiere


Type of film
Running Time
140 mins
Bernard MacMahon
Duke Erikson, Bill Holderman, Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty, Anthony Wall
Duke Erikson, Bernard MacMahon, Allison McGourty

Production Company

UK, US coproduction

Lo-Max Films (UK), BBC Arena (UK), Wildwood Enterprises (US), Thirteen for WNET (US)

Lo-Max Films
Allison McGourty


c/o Lo-Max Films
Allison McGourty