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‘The Velvet Underground’ Trailer: Todd Haynes’ Documentary Reflects Who They Are

The Velvet Underground

Apple TV+ has released the trailer for Todd Haynes documentary The Velvet Underground, the director’s debut doc that premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The pic will be in theaters on streaming on the service on October 15.

A deep dive into the seminal 1960s avant-garde rock band, the doc dissects just what made the New York foursome one of the most influential band of all time, using interviews, never-before-seen performances and experimental art to tell a story about how Andy Warhol’s house band — Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Maureen Tucker — became a cultural lighthouse fusing art, music and film.

The doc premiered Out of Competition at Cannes in June. Haynes, Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn and David Blackman are producers. Michele Anthony, Danny Bennett, Pamela Koffler and John Sloss executive produced.

Haynes told Deadline at Cannes that what drew him to the subject matter was how New York was an artistic hub that helped spawn the band.

“I wish it could happen again,” Haynes said. “But I think it’s a product of a very unique and specific decade that has been well-described for that kind of creative vitality, spanning all genres of music and all kinds of recording artists during the 1960s. But it also was further intensified by the locale and this geographic concentration of New York itself. And that’s the part that I find hard to find a parallel to today, in a very dispersed Internet, digital culture that doesn’t concentrate people and places in the same physical way that happened so distinctly in the 1960s.”

The pic will be supplemented by The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film By Todd Haynes – Music From The Motion Picture Soundtrack, a two-CD and digital soundtrack that features both classic and rare Velvet Underground tracks. It will hit the street the same day the film is released via Republic Records/UMe.

In the meantime, check out the trailer above.

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