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A new Velvet Underground documentary is on the way

Footage from Todd Hayne’s documentary on The Velvet Underground will be screened this week at Cannes Film Festival.

After being announced almost two years ago at the Locarno Film Festival in 2017, the new documentary has long been anticipated by fans.

Todd Hayne’s previews his first documentary, a rare glimpse into The Velvet Underground’s beginnings.

The yet-to-be-titled film will be based on the band’s early days, when they were Andy Warhol’s house band for the factory. At the time of announcing the project, Haynes explained his idea for the film would “rely certainly on Warhol films but also a rich culture of experimental film.” Haynes also mentioned it was proving difficult to retrieve first-hand footage of this enigmatic band, adding both archival and newer footage to the film.

The director also mentioned that the surviving members of The Velvet Underground will have a strong input and hopefully it will encapsulate Lou Reed’s presence at the forefront. The documentary is also set to feature interviews with John Cale as well as other prominent figures of the ’60s during The Velvets Underground’s career.

An official release date has yet to be set, however, we are sure that the Oscar-nominated Haynes will deliver a wonderful and unusual take on everybody’s favourite band.

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May 17, 2019