Doc Coming On Laura Nyro, spotlighting the acclaimed singer-songwriter – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Laura Nyro, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer, one of the most revered singer-songwriters of the 20sandcentury, will be the subject of an upcoming documentary by Vistas Media Capital.
Ben Waisbren (300, The equalizer, blood diamond) and music producer Bonnie Greenberg (RBG) will produce the documentary about a talent who burst onto the scene in the late 1960s. Nyro had his breakthrough at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival at the age of 19, possessing a multi-octave voice that could easily move into folk, jazz, soul and blues.
Nyro’s songs included “Stoned Soul Picnic”, “Wedding Bell Blues” (covered by The Fifth Dimension), “And When I Die” (covered by Blood, Sweat & Tears) and “Stoney End” (recorded with haunting vocals by Barbra Streisand). She was David Geffen’s first client as music manager, and he helped her secure a recording contract with Clive Davis at Columbia Records. Nyro’s music and activism have made her an icon of the feminist movement.
“I was first drawn to Laura Nyro’s music and life story by what David Geffen said so poignantly about her in Susan Lacy’s 2010 feature film. Inventing David Geffen“Waisbren said in a statement. “Her words touched and galvanized a generation of women – words that resonate today.”
A director has yet to be named for the project. Production is expected to begin this year. Laura’s son, Gil Bianchini, will serve as associate producer. Among the project’s executive producers are award-winning documentary composer Miriam Cutler (RBG, Ghosts of Abu Ghraib), who will write the music for the feature film, and lawyer-producer George Gilbert (Laura Nyro Go Find The Moon: The Audition Tape; Trees Of Ages – Laura Nyro lives in Japan).
“We are proud to make a documentary that shines a light on such an important and respected artist who has a passionate following across the world,” commented Abhayanand Singh, co-founder and CEO of Vistas Media Capital Group. “There’s a universality to Laura’s personality that appeals to audiences no matter where they live, and that’s precisely what appeals to us as producers and distributors – material that can truly travel and be embraced around the world. entire. Vistas is thrilled to work with such an experienced team from the music and documentary communities, who bring a deep passion for Laura and her music to the project.
Nyro died in 1997 of ovarian cancer, aged 49 (her mother died of the same disease, also aged 49). She shied away from the spotlight, often turning down opportunities to appear on television shows, generally preferring to focus on activism. In addition to the women’s movement, she devoted her energy to animal rights and environmental causes.
Joni Mitchell, Elton John and Kate Bush are among the artists who cite Nyro as an influence. Speaking of Nyro’s 1968 album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confessionrecord producer Todd Rundgren noted: “It blew everyone away –everyone. It blew me away, but it blew everyone away that a girl [that] young was singing with [that] lots of soul, and the writing of the songs was his own and unlike anyone else.
The upcoming documentary will be based, in part, on the 2003 book Soul Picnic: The music and passion of Laura Nyro by Michele Kort, whom Waisbren cast in 2021. The producers say the film “will feature new live performances of Nyro songs by current artists.”