The lives of former NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and legend Dale Earnhardt are intertwined. The incredible and tragic story of that fateful day was told in the 2011 Michael Waltrip book In the Blink of an Eye: Dale, Daytona, and the Day that Changed Everything, and now the story has been turned into an upcoming documentary titled Blink Of An Eye.
Waltrip’s incredible career was forever changed on February 18, 2001, the day of the Daytona 500. Waltrip had at that point, gone 462 races without a win. But on that day racing legend Dale Earnhardt had positioned himself at the close of the race to help Waltrip, and his son Dale Earnhardt Jr., finish in 1st and 2nd place respectively as both were members of his team. It would have been a story unto itself except that would be the last race Earnhardt Sr. would ever race. In a tragic accident that reverberated across the nation, Earnhardt was killed in a crash on the final lap.
Blink Of An Eye tells the story of Waltrip’s remarkable career, as well as the guilt and grief he felt after the events of that fateful day. The film features interviews with Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Richard Petty, and was directed by Paul Taublieb (who had previously produced the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau).
The film is set for limited release September 6th in New York and Los Angeles before its nationwide release September 12th.
Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool
Can one distill cool into one documentary?
If there is one thing that has been indisputable about the legacy of Miles Davis is that he was the personification of ‘cool’. And it seems like there was no decade where he was making music that he wasn’t ever cool. We once said about Miles Davis and his cool that “no matter how scrupulous your selection – one cannot distill cool into thirteen tracks, no matter how good“. Now the unenviable task of distilling that cool into a succinct document falls into the hands of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary detailing the life, music, and legacy of Miles Davis.
Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before hitting the festival circuit through the year. The film chronicles the rebellious nature of Miles Davis, detailing his desire to constantly break from the norm, with director Stanley Nelson saying;
“He was an extraordinary artist celebrated for his restless artistic aesthetic and his ceaseless innovation. He changed the course of music five or six times. By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who redefined the original American musical genre, jazz, and continues to influence generations of rock, funk, and hip-hop artists.”
Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars
“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”
“We all have our broken pieces … nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”
On the heels of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album Western Stars, Warner Bros Pictures has announced the release of the cinematic experience accompanying the album. The new film features Springsteen performing all 13 tracks from the new album, accompanied by a full orchestra in his 100-year-old barn. The film will also showcase old home footage as well as Springsteen’s life-earned ruminations we’ve seen through his career- brought to life recently with his stint on Broadway and on his Netflix special.
Warner Bros. exec Toby Emmerich has said about Western Stars and Springsteen;
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead.”
Western Stars will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 5th. The film was produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis with Springsteen executive producing it. Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.