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A captivating and exhilarating real-life experience of musical creation and generosity, The Union is an unprecedented look at the creative life of Elton John and his remarkable collaborative album with his early-career idol, Leon Russell. Never before filmed in his composing process, John is captured by director Cameron Crowe throughout the entire span of writing and recording the landmark album. This candid portrait of one of the world's most treasured artists and performers also documents an extraordinary journey of the heart—one that sent John to reinvigorate the life and musical career of Russell, to whom John hadn't spoken in more than 38 years.

Legendary producer T Bone Burnett, John's lifelong lyricist Bernie Taupin, icons Neil Young and Brian Wilson, legendary R&B organist Booker T. Jones, steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and a 10-piece gospel choir are featured on the album, while appearances by Ringo Starr, Stevie Nicks, Jeff Bridges, and Grace Jones color this documentary about a love of making music.

As a gift to New York City and the downtown community, join us for a free outdoor screening on Opening Night (4/20) followed by a live performance by Elton John!

Film Information
Year: 2011
Length: 90 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Director: Cameron Crowe
Producer: Cameron Crowe, Michelle Panek
Co-Producer: Andy Fischer, Morgan Neville
Executive Producer: Johnny Barbis
Co-Producer: Andy Fischer
Press Contacts
Special Note

Updated 4.13: Although the opening night event is free, a TFF wristband is required to be seated at the event. Wristbands will be made available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis at 4 pm on Wednesday, April 20, at BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. Two wristband limit per person. Check this blog post for ALL the details.

Updated 4.20:
The screening at 8:15 pm will happen rain or shine.

Update 4.20, 1:30 pm: Opening Night Rain Plan

Opening Night will be Co-Sponsored by


Supported by

Goldman Sachs

Hosted by


Special thanks to

ESPN Films

About the Director(s)
CAMERON CROWE is an Academy Award®-winning writer (for Almost Famous original screenplay in 2000) and director of such classic films as Say Anything…, Singles, Jerry Maguire, Vanilla Sky, and Elizabethtown.


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