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Todd Haynes Planning "Velvet Underground" Documentary; Plus other related news

Todd Haynes (Director 'Velvet Goldmine,' 'Carol') is in the planning stages of a documentary on rock group, The Velvet Underground

Haynes spoke to Variety about his previous and upcoming projects, one of which includes a documentary on The Velvet Underground.

The band was discovered by filmmaker artist, Barbara Rubin, who introduced the band to Andy Warhol and his Silver Factory in 1965. The group started a multi-media concert experience called The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, which incorporated light shows, film, art and dance. Haynes says the band, “came out of a truly experimental cross-section of film, contemporary art, and a rejection of mainstream consumer culture at a very rich and fertile time of the 1960s in New York City."

Although there is little documentation on the band, Haynes expresses his excitement in researching and obtaining archives for this project. He says the documentary "needs to be an intensely visual experience."

The untitled documentary will feature interviews by surviving members as well as other members of the 1960's New York art scene. Original band members of The Velvet Underground include Lou Reed, John Cale, Sterling Morrison and Moe Tucker - Later, Nico was introduced and appears on their debut 1967 album, "The Velvet Underground & Nico." Nico passed away in 1988, Morrison in 1995, and Reed in 2013.


"Nico 1988" is a film based on the last years of Nico's life, which ended in 1988.

Nico was Warhol Superstar and a member of The Velvet Underground & Nico band after she was introduced by Warhol to sing-along with Velvet's frontman, Lou Reed. She would later set off on a solo career and produced numerous albums, including The Marble Index and Desertshore. She was dubbed "Godmother of Goth" and "Priestess of Darkness" due to her cult influence on 1970's and 1980's music.

Susanna Nicchiarelli directs Nico 1988 with Trine Dyrholm playing the title role. The film follows Nico and her band on her last tour across Europe. It will premiere on August 30 as part of  Venice Film Festival's Horizons.


In 2006, director George Hickenlooper hired Weezer to record a version of The Velvet Underground's song, "Heroin," for his Edie Sedgwick biopic, "Factory Girl." After Lou Reed bashed the script, Hickenlooper pulled the song from the film.

Weezer's version can be heard in "Factory Girl - Unseen Director's Cut." After being dissatisfied with the Theatrical release and the DVD release of the film, Hickenlooper uploaded this version onto Youtube. Hickenlooper was also planning a TV series on Sedgwick's life before he passed away in 2010.

Ultimately, the film was taken down from Youtube by the Weinstein Company, but several of the scenes have been found online. You can hear 40 seconds of Weezer's take in the beginning of this clip.

Tags: 1960s, film - documentary, film director, music / musician (rock), weezer

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