Robbie Robertson, Band Doc, ‘Once Were Brothers,’ Coming

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The Band in the kitchen of “Big Pink,” Easter Sunday, West Saugerties, NY, 1968. Photo: © Elliott Landy, LandyVision Inc. (L-R) Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Robbie Robertson.

Robbie Robertson’s 2016 memoir is the basis for a new documentary, Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, about the legendary musician and founding member of the group. The film, from Imagine Documentaries, White Pine Pictures, Bell Media Studios and Universal Music Canada’s Shed Creative, is directed by Daniel Roher and executive produced by Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard.

The film is set to be released theatrically in Fall 2019 and on the Canadian on-demand subscription service, Crave, early next year. No word yet on other territories.

From the May 9 announcement: “The film is a confessional, cautionary, and occasionally humorous tale of Robertson‘s young life and the creation of one of the most enduring groups in the history of popular music. It blends rare archival footage and interviews with many of Robertson’s friends and collaborators, including Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Scorsese, Taj Mahal, Peter Gabriel, David Geffen and Ronnie Hawkins, among others.

“I’m honoured to have my memoir, Testimony, made into a documentary film by such an extraordinarily talented creative team,” said Robertson.

More from the announcement: A half-Mohawk, half-Jewish kid from Toronto, Robertson got his break at 16-years-old with Ronnie Hawkins’ The Hawks. He was Bob Dylan’s guitarist on the notorious 1966 “electric” world tour and as leader of The Band, collaborated on the ground-breaking Basement Tapes, inventing “Americana”, with songs like “The Weight,” “Up on Cripple Creek,” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.”

The Band’s touring culminated with the seminal concert and film, The Last Waltz, directed by Scorsese.

Related: The Last Waltz – An Audience Member Revisits

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