“The Velvet Underground” the point Todd Haynes‘first foray into documentary making, and with the film shortlisted for the Oscar documentary, Haynes could find himself shortlisted for best documentary on Feb. 8. But When Haynes first developed the project many years ago, one of the obstacles he faced was overcoming the fact that there was very little footage of the influential rock band.
“What exists is entirely in Andy Warhol’s cinema, and they have a very close relationship with the world of avant-garde cinema,” says Haynes of the group, which comes out of the Warhol’s Factory scene in New York to the 1960s.
With that as background, Haynes told his editors, Affonso Gonçalves and Adam Kurnitz, that the film needs to be envisioned by the artists and people present. Through it, the audience is transported into the sonic and visual worlds of Lou Reed, John Cale, and the other musicians and artists that Haynes merged with Warhol. “Our goal was really to try to show that rather than tell,” says Haynes.
When Gonçalves and Haynes embarked on Haynes’ 2019 film “Dark Waters,” it was Kurnitz who left behind 600 hours of licensed archives, along with interviews that Haynes did for the documentary. during three years. Kurnitz said, “I had to see it all and sort it out. I did a rough cut and when they finished the film, we got to work together.”
Helping Kurnitz with his editing was the idea of the Factory, a place where he says “everyone can come and celebrate their weirdness. As someone who came out of the punk rock scene in New York, later on, that was the place for me. I can certainly trace that space back to the Factory. ”
Furthermore, Haynes wanted to spend time exploring the sounds and music of Velvet Underground. “I want to know where it comes from. It’s always a bit wishful thinking, but I’m trying to put the viewer in a position of what it would be like if they heard the music for the first time,” Haynes said.
Thus, Haynes prides himself on hearing only one Velvet Underground song in the first hour of the film. “You’ll never hear them again until you’re halfway there. When I told people that, they were all surprised that they hadn’t listened to Velvet Underground,” Haynes said. “What we’ve achieved is the feeling of listening to Velvet Underground or somehow feeling like you’re experiencing the band enough that you don’t even know you’re not listening to them.”
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