These days, it’s nice to be Elton John. After his labor of love “Gnomeo and Juliet” surprised everyone at the box office after being nearly lost with the sale of Miramax, he will be feted at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival with the opening night premiere of Cameron Crowe’s “The Union,” a documentary about the album of the same name that the singer recorded with his musical idol Leon Russell after a 38-year gap in which the two had lost touch. The film features interviews with John’s longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, T-Bone Burnett, Stevie Nicks and Don Was, among others.
While audiences will have to wait until March 7th and the 14th to hear the rest of this year’s lineup, the Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 20th through May 1st. In the meantime, here’s a taste of what audiences can expect from “The Union” in this clip about the making of the album: