Beatles Stories is premiering all across the world. Filmmaker and musician, Seth Swirsky, will be at it’s debut in his hometown of Great Neck, NY June 4-5. The much acclaimed documentary will premier in the same theater that the Beatles “Help!” did in 1965. I should know – I was there! Friends and family of Seth are grabbing up tickets, so get yours before they are all sold out.
Taken from the 2011 Gold Coast International Film Festival:
Cast & Credits of Beatles Stories include:
Singer-songwriter, Seth Swirsky grew up in Great Neck, N.Y., in the 1960s, a huge fan of The Beatles. Wanting to get closer to them than their music could take him, he set out, in 2005, to film people who had a story about themselves and the Fab Four.
Armed with just a hand held video camera, he got never-before-heard stories and recollections from the likes of Sir Ben Kingsley and Jon Voight to former First Daughter, Luci Baines Johnson and former new York Yankee, bernie Williams. Many of their recording engineers and ex-girlfriends shared some fun and revealing anecdotes as did rock luminaries like The Beach Boys’, Brian Wilson, Art Garfunkel, Davy Jones, Graham Nash, Donovan and many more.
A personal and poignant journey through Beatles history, from those that were there, Director/writer Cameron Crowe had this to say about Beatles Stories: This film is fantastic, so from the heart and so wildly revealing. An epic and timeless classic!
More About Seth:
Seth Swirsky grew up in Great Neck, New York during the 1960s and 70s. After graduating from Dartmouth College in 1982, he became a staff songwriter with Chappell Music, where he wrote the Taylor Dayne, international #1 classic, Tell it to My Heart (1987) as well as songs for Celine Dion, Air Supply, Tina Turner and countless others. In 1994, missing baseball due to their strike, he corresponded with hundreds of ex-players. Those re-printed correspondence resulted in a trilogy of bestselling books: Baseball Letters (Three Rivers Press, 1996), Every Pitcher Tells A Story (Times Books, 1999) andSomething to Write Home About (Random House, 2003). During that time he also started collecting artifacts from the game itself like the ball that went through Bill Buckner’s legs during the 1986 World Series and the 3rd home run ball famously hit by Reggie Jackson during Game 6 of the ’77 World Series.
His first solo album, Instant Pleasure won for Best Pop Album at the LA Music Awards (2005) and the title track from his current albumWatercolor Day won for Best Song of the Year at the 2010 Hollywood Music and Media Awards. His band, The Red Button, will put out the follow-up to their highly commercially successful debut, She’s About to Cross My Mind (2007), in June, 2011. From 2006-2010, Swirsky wrote articles on politics and culture for The Huffington Post and Realclearpolitics.com.
Beatles Stories is Swirsky’s first, full-length movie and consists of interviews he did with people who had a story about themselves The Beatles. It had it’s World Premiere in Paris at the 2011 European Independent Film Festival and recently was featured at The Newport Beach Film Festival.
Swirsky is married to Jody Gerson, who is president of Sony Music. They live in Los Angeles with their three children, Julian (age 16), Luke (age 8) and Daisy (age 6). A self-described “manic expressive”, his work can be seen and heard at his site, Seth.com.
In the film, Seth is seen playing George Harrison’s I played George’s 1964 Gibson SG.