The 2017 Tribeca Film Festival will kick off April 19 with "Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives" at Radio City Music Hall.
Following the premiere, Aretha Franklin; Jennifer Hudson; and Earth, Wind & Fire will take the stage for performances.
The film is based on the 2013 best-selling autobiography “The Man with the Golden Ears,” which chronicles Davis' historic influence on the music industry. Jane Rosenthal, co-founder and Executive Chair of the Tribeca Film Festival said, “We are excited to have this powerful film premiere on our opening night 'Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives' is a fascinating exploration of his remarkable story and the impact that a great producer can have on artists and music.”
At the age of 35, Davis became president of Columbia Records, playing an important role in the careers of Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Alicia Keys, Chicago, Grateful Dead, Simon & Garfunkel, Aerosmith, Jennifer Hudson, Santana and Bruce Springsteen to name a few. "The Soundtrack of Our Lives" features interviews with many of these iconic artists.
The film’s director Chris Perkel said of the experience, “Directing this film provided a wonderful challenge because Clive Davis stands at the center of a culture-defining array of talent that has shaped the last half century of contemporary music. His is an inspiring story that's sure to leave you with a smile on your face, a tug at your heart and a playlist of hits forever stuck in your head.”
Davis went on to become the founder and president of Arista Records for 25 years, before moving to RCA Music Group. Currently, he serves at the chief creative officer at Sony Music Group.
Every year, his Grammys pre-party becomes the hottest ticket in town. For the first time, this documentary will give an inside look into the gala, which draws the biggest stars in music, movies, television and politics.
"Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives” premieres April 19.