(NEW YORK) -- Elton John will be front and center Wednesday night, both live and on film, at the kickoff of New York City's 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival.
The festival will begin with a free outdoor screening of the world premiere of The Union, a documentary about the making of Elton's current album of the same name. The screening will be followed by a live performance by Elton himself. Both events take place at the World Financial Plaza in downtown Manhattan.
The Union was directed by Cameron Crowe, the Oscar-winning filmmaker who brought us Say Anything, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Singles and Almost Famous, the latter of which introduced Elton's "Tiny Dancer" to a whole new generation.
In an interview on Elton's official website, Crowe says Elton reached out to him because he had used his music in Almost Famous, as well as another movie, Elizabethtown.
Says Crowe, "[Elton] said...'I wanna make a duet album with Leon Russell. Would you be available to film it?' I said, 'Absolutely!'"
Turns out Crowe is a longtime fan of Leon Russell's and jumped at the chance to work with him.
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