All tomorrow’s parties will soon be streaming and in theaters.
A documentary homage to revered rock ‘n’ rollers the Velvet Underground released its first trailer on Monday.
The eponymously named flick, directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven,” “Carol”), features in-depth interviews with “key players” from the group’s 1960s and ’70s heyday, as well as “never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Andy Warhol films and other experimental art,” promises a press release.
The film will be released in conjunction with a digital and two-CD soundtrack featuring rare tracks by the band, titled “The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film by Todd Haynes – Music From the Motion Picture Soundtrack.” Both the film and soundtrack will drop on Oct. 15, with the doc coming to theaters and streaming on Apple TV+.
A nostalgic promotional flyer for the Apple original film is formatted to look like a vintage concert poster, naming Warhol, Lou Reed, John Cale, Moe Tucker, Sterling Morrison and Nico as headliners — and doc stars.
In addition to telling the cult musicians’ stories, the movie also promises a backdrop of the dirty, high-crime New York City they performed in.
“The Velvet Underground created a new sound that changed the world of music, cementing its place as one of rock and roll’s most revered bands,” the trailer’s YouTube bio promotes, promising a “kaleidoscopic oral history” that “combines exclusive interviews with dazzling archival footage” synonymous with the era.
“This band was formed by the avant-garde cinema and culture of New York at this time,” Haynes, 60, told IndieWire. “It was happening in every conceivable way around this band, whether it was [John] Cale living with Jack Smith on Ludlow Street or the band being asked to make music for one of Jonas’ [Menkas’] multimedia film series at the cinematheque. Everything was just crossing these boundaries constantly.”