Magnolia Pictures Acquires North American Rights to “Immediate Family” Documentary, Featuring Linda Ronstadt

Linda Ronstadt is part of a special family 

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the documentary Immediate Family, featuring the 77-year-old half-Mexican American retired Grammy-winning singer.

Linda Ronstadt The film, director Denny Tedesco’s follow-up to his acclaimed documentary The Wrecking Crew, takes a deep dive through some of the most famous and influential session musicians from the 1970s.

In addition to Ronstadt, the new documentary includes commentary from Carole King, James Taylor, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Lyle Lovett, Keith Richards, Don Henley, Stevie Nicks and Phil Collins.

Magnolia will release the film theatrically in December.

The original documentary followed the first wave of studio musicians in the ’60s. Immediate Family takes up the story where The Wrecking Crew ended.

In addition to speaking with Ronstadt and other music legends, Immediate Family tracks the rise and collaborations of session musicians Danny Kortchmar, Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Waddy Wachtel as they help craft some of the decade’s most enduring hits.

The filmmakers say the documentary “reveals the machinery behind the booming era of the singer-songwriter when the talents of these four musicians were in furious demand.”

It also looks at their friendship and artistic partnerships.

“Denny Tedesco has given us another extremely entertaining glimpse behind the musical curtain of some of the most memorable songs of our time,” said Magnolia Pictures co-CEOs Eamonn Bowles and Dori Begley. “The musical talent of these studio players is rivaled by their incredibly engaging personalities and hilarious stories.”

“I’m so happy to be working with the Magnolia team again for my follow-up to The Wrecking Crew,” said Tedesco. “It’s such a comfortable place to be, it feels like coming home. When The Wrecking Crew was released, it went beyond all of our expectations and continues to find new fans even today. I look forward to the same experience with Immediate Family.”

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