Andrew Slater Talks L.A. Film Festival Opener 'Echo within the Canyon'


The doc — centered on Laurel Canyon’s 1960s music scene — options and is government produced by Jakob Dylan, who interviews a strong roster of music business veterans together with Brian Wilson, Graham Nash and Eric Clapton within the movie.

The Los Angeles Film Festival is about to kick off Sept. 20 on the Ford Theatre with Echo within the Canyon, a love letter to the mid-'60s roots of the Laurel Canyon music scene from music business veteran Andrew Slater. Executive produced by and starring Jakob Dylan, Echo within the Canyon options Dylan interviewing a strong roster of music business veterans together with: Brian Wilson, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Michelle Phillips, Jackson Browne, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, John Sebastian and Lou Adler.

In the documentary, Dylan additionally takes an incisive take a look at how their sound impacted up to date artists resembling Norah Jones, Beck, Regina Spektor and Cat Power, amongst others. "The interval we're speaking about is '65 by way of '67," Slater, who previously managed Dylan’s band The Wallflowers, tells The Hollywood Reporter. "It's how The Byrds have been listening to The Beatles, and The Beatles have been listening to The Beach Boys, and The Beach Boys have been listening to The Beatles and the way all that cross-pollination occurred to create this music that resonates the world over and throughout time." 

"Jakob’s on a journey, chatting with artists about recording these songs to seek out out why they wrote them and, in the middle of it, he finds out all these private particulars behind the songs," Slater explains.

Slater has been within the enterprise for the reason that late 1970s, performing as a music critic for the Atlanta Journal Constitution and frequent contributor to BillboardRolling Stone and People. In 1984, he joined Frontline Management as inventive director, the place he labored with artists resembling The Go-Gos and Stevie Nicks. He later went on to handle Don Henley, Lenny Kravitz, Beastie Boys and Jane’s Addiction. In 2001, Slater was named CEO of Capitol Records, solely to be ousted in 2007 after EMI merged Capitol with Virgin Records.

As a file producer, Slater has labored with artists resembling Warren Zevon, R.E.M., Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Jerry Garcia and David Gilmour. He has additionally produced debut albums for Fiona Apple (Tidal) and Macy Gray (On How Life Is). His personal star-studded historical past — together with Dylan’s music connections — paved the best way for the movie’s stellar lineup, together with the late Tom Petty, whom Slater says had an inexhaustible information of the interval.

In 2015, a Laurel Canyon-themed live performance at downtown L.A.’s Orpheum Theater acquired star energy from Dylan, Beck, Fiona Apple and Cat Power, all of whom make an look within the movie to debate the impression the Laurel Canyon scene had on their music. "Artists of one other technology are there decoding the work of those folks," says Slater. "What you get from watching it’s such as you're listening in on a private dialog between Jakob and these artists. More or much less the premise of the movie is extra concerning the 'echo' than it’s concerning the 'canyon.'"

Slater’s movie is primarily set within the mid-'60s, following the breakthrough of The Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The movie's time interval additionally displays those that settled in rustic Laurel Canyon, a location based mostly solely 5 minutes from Hollywood golf equipment the Whisky, the Roxy and the Troubadour, which helmed stars Joni Mitchell and Elton John initially of their careers. 

"That interval is basically the singer-songwriter and the seek for the person," Slater defined. "In '65, '66, '67, it's an entire new world. It actually turns into the electrification of folks music. The Byrds electrify people music, which is one thing which may not have occurred in New York due to the rigidity of the folks scene."  

Over the subsequent 15 years, musicians resembling Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt and the Eagles touched down within the Canyon, the place they formed an earthy, people sound generally known as "gentle rock." While it got here to outline the period, it additionally had detractors like Canyon resident Frank Zappa, who assiduously prevented his well-known neighbors that he known as "navel gazers."

In her second yr as director of the L.A. Film Festival, Jennifer Cochis expressed her pleasure to be internet hosting the opening-night movie and live performance on the Ford, only a brief distance from the place Slater's movie takes place. "Echo within the Canyon actually afforded me the chance to create an expertise for folks," she stated of the movie. "Our metropolis is so wealthy when it comes to our tradition and what we are able to see on any given day, that there’s one thing on the L.A. Film Festival that may attraction to broad swaths of Los Angeles."

Running by way of Sept. 28, the pageant contains 40 options, 41 brief movies and 10 episodic works from 26 international locations. Stars anticipated to attend embody Toni Collette, whose Netflix collection, Wanderlust, will premiere on the Wallis in Beverly Hills, and Jim Gaffigan (American Dreamer and You Can Choose Your Family). Jack Black’s animated collection Post Apocalypto may also have its world premiere on the pageant, in addition to Rupert Everett presenting his writing-directorial debut, The Happy Prince, wherein he performs Oscar Wilde. Classical violinist Joshua Bell will carry out following a screening of the 1998 movie, The Red Violin.

Other first-time filmmakers on the pageant will embody comic Ike Barinholtz, whose The Oath co-stars Tiffany Haddish, and David Raymond, whose thriller, Nomis, screens on closing night time. Slater is delighted to seek out himself in good firm.

"Any time you make one thing from the center, and I feel that is undoubtedly from the center, you get invested in a means that takes you down a path that’s difficult."

This article initially appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.