Cameron Crowe's The Union to open Tribeca

Elton John will perform after free outdoor screening to kick off 10th edition.

by Amber Wilkinson

Tribeca Film Festival will open it's 10th edition with a free outdoor world premiere of Cameron Crowe's documentary The Union.

The film, which offers a personal look at the creative life of Elton John and his collaborative album with Leon Russell, will be followed by a performance by the British music star at the North Cove at the World Financial Plaza on April 20.

Begun in November 2009, the filming captures the entire writing and recording process of John's album - a process that led him to reinvigorate the life and musical career of Russell, to whom John hadn’t spoken in over 38 years.

Co-founder of the Tribeca Film Festival Jane Rosenthal said: "It’s a special opportunity to open our 10th Festival in this distinct and unique way — not only are we inviting the community to join us for the world premiere of Cameron Crowe’s film The Union, but to have Elton, whose music transcends generations, perform after is an extraordinary gift to our Festival and more specifically the downtown community.

"Cameron Crowe gives audiences unprecedented access into Elton John and Leon Russell’s artistic process in an emotional and realistic way.”

Elton John added: "I'm absolutely thrilled that the documentary about The Union will premiere opening night at the Tribeca Film Festival."

The 2011 Tribeca Film Festival will announce its feature film slate on March 7 and 14. We'll be bringing it to you when they do.

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