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A scene from IMMEDIATE FAMILY, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo by Joel Bernstein. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

Documentaries have the unique ability to unearth hidden gems of the past, and "Immediate Family" does just that by shedding light on the extraordinary careers of four legendary session musiciansโ€”Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel, and Waddy Wachtel. Directed by Denny Tedesco, the creative mind behind "The Wrecking Crew," this film takes viewers on a captivating journey through the 1970s and beyond, chronicling the rise of these unsung heroes and their formidable record of hit-making.


At the heart of "Immediate Family" is a tale of camaraderie and musical prowess that played a pivotal role in shaping the booming era of the singer-songwriter. The documentary unveils the behind-the-scenes machinery of this transformative period, where the talents of Kortchmar, Sklar, Kunkel, and Wachtel were in high demand, contributing to some of the most iconic songs in music history.


What sets "Immediate Family" apart is its exploration of the enduring friendship formed among these musicians, both on the road and in studios. Through intimate interviews with the quartet themselves, the film vividly captures the dynamism and fondness that underpinned their collaborations. The narrative is further enriched by the reminiscences of rock's most iconic voices, including Carole King, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, Keith Richards, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Phil Collins, and many more.


As the film unfolds, audiences are treated to a backstage tour spanning multiple eras of musical history. "Immediate Family" doesn't just celebrate the hits; it delves into the process, the relationships, and the stories behind the music. The film becomes a time capsule, allowing viewers to witness the evolution of these session musicians from being the backbone of the industry to becoming legends in their own right.


Denny Tedesco's directorial prowess is evident as he skillfully weaves together archival footage, interviews, and performances to create a seamless narrative. The film not only pays homage to the unsung heroes but also serves as a testament to the resilience and passion that fueled their enduring careers.


In a world often fixated on the spotlight, "Immediate Family" offers a refreshing perspective by highlighting the contributions of those who worked tirelessly behind the scenes. It's a must-watch for music enthusiasts and documentary aficionados alike, providing a rich tapestry of stories that resonate with the soul of every music lover.


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In theaters for a Special One Night Only event,ย December 12, 2023

Available Everywhere onย December 15, 2023


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