The BMG financing and producing a documentary film about a long Marc Bolan and T-Rex
Written and directed by Ethan Silverman, the film is produced by Bill Corbishley and Ethan Silverman, and is starred by Submarine Entertainment with Dan Brown as executive producer and international sales agent.
U2, Elton John, David Bowie, Ringo Starr, Nick Cave, Joan Jett and filmmaker Cameron Crowe are among the group to be featured in a film about Pollan, who BMG describes as “one of the greatest rock composers and musicians of all time.”
Entitled Angelheaded Hipster: The Songs of Marc Bolan & T. Rex, the film will display for the first time in the world at the Tribeca Film Festival in June.
Angelheaded Hipster is the latest project in BMG’s growing line of music-related films and TV projects, and the third film that BMG will be presenting just last month, after Daydream MonajThe new film about David Bowie, and DIO: Dreamers never die, which recently presented the first world premiere at the SXSW Film Festival 2022.
Additional films include the critically acclaimed Sundance Film Festival picks, David Crosby: Remember My Name (Grammy nominee Best Musical of 2020) and the documentary Joan Jett, Notorious; Rudeboy: The Story of the Trojans Chronicles; and Echo In The Canyon, one of the highest-grossing documentaries of 2019.
Recently, BMG partnered with Pulse, Quickfire Films and multi-platinum, two-time BRIT Award winner, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi for his first feature documentary and announced a multifaceted global partnership with Montreux Jazz Festival to launch the documentary series consisting of Three parts, they all came to Montreux, to celebrate the history of the music festival.
According to a media release from BMG, the new film takes a look at where Pollan was headed musically and artistically before his life was cut short in a tragic car accident at the age of 29.
In the late sixties and seventies, Bolan is the best-selling singles artist since the Beatles. In 2020, Pollan was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The film follows the release of the tribute album and accompanying music album Angelheaded Hipster: Mark Pollan Songs and a T-Rex By BMG on Sep 2020.
Featuring 26 “reimagined” songs drawn from Pollan’s massive repertoire of works released as T. Rex and Tyrannosaurus Rex from 1968 to 1977, as well as archival fan and performance footage, the film is described as a “living document” that combines – the viewer looks to the making of the new album as the artists explore Pollan’s legacy as “one of the most influential, yet mysterious, rock stars of all time”.
“Marc Pollan stands as one of the most influential musical figures of his time.”
Fred Casimir, BMG
In the film, early fans including Billy Idol and Joe Elliott (Def Leppard) share memories with additional appearances including Pollan’s partner, Gloria Jones and his son Roland Polan, Lucinda Williams, Beth Orton, Maria McKee, Snarky Bobby, Macy Gray, and Father John Misty, Devendra Banhart, Nina and many others.
Producer Hal Wellner worked on the Angelheaded Hipster album for several years, with sessions spanning continents, from New York, Los Angeles, and New Orleans to London, Paris and Berlin.
The album features Keisha, Joanne Jett, Perry Farrell, Nick Cave, Devendra Banhart, Father John Misty, and Peaches, among many others, with curated by Thomas Bartlett, Stephen Bernstein, Ellie Brugman, JJ Thirlwell and Steve Weisberg.
Fred Casimir, BMG The Chuck Reference, said: “Marc Pollan stands as one of the most influential musical figures of his time. Like David Bowie, he was one of the first artists to show a younger generation that it’s acceptable to embrace being unique, express yourself, and break down barriers.”
“Now, more than ever, his music and style continue to speak to the next generation.
“BMG is proud to bring Ethan Silverman and Bill Corbishley’s visual document of this musical pioneer, along with Hal Wellner’s reimagined album with the love of an all-star, to the big screen and introduce Mark to new audiences.”
“Marc Pollan’s unique spin on rock ‘n’ roll, use of rhythm, poetic wordplay, and fearlessness deserves a fresh look.”
Silverman said: “I want Bill and the transfer of Marc Bolan from the margin to the main address.
“While we remain a well-loved figure in the UK and among some musicians and music fans, we feel he has not received what he deserves especially given his lasting impact.
“Fred Marc Pollan’s spin on rock ‘n’ roll, use of rhythm, poetic wordplay, and fearlessness deserves a fresh look. This film is neither an autobiographical nor a “making” documentary, but rather a celebration of creativity looking backwards and forwards at the same time.”Music business around the world