I had the unexpected pleasure recently of being recruited to sort out the music department on a truly remarkable documentary film by filmmaker Eric Becker called "Return to Mount Kennedy."
This film weaves a tale that spans decades and ties together elements that most would never expect to see linked in any way. For example: John F Kennedy, Jim Whitaker (the founder of outdoor retail behemoth REI), Robert F. Kennedy, the genisis of Seattle's "grunge" scene, R.E.M's long time tour manager Bob Whitaker, Illinois senator Chris Kennedy, the accent of an uncharted peak in Canada, environmentalism and social justice.
Believe it or not, all of these things actually do relate to each other in a pretty fascinating way and you can see the trailer below for for more on that but what really drew me to the project was the ambitious soundtrack.
It's pretty rare for documentary films to have much muscle in the soundtrack department because lets face it, music is expensive and docs are usually pretty cheap but this project was a real convergence of music, culture and activism in a way that produced fantastic creative results on screen.
We had Eddie Vedder doing much of the original music in the film as well as classic songs from R.E.M., Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mudhoney, Lord Huron, Soulsavers & Mark Lanegan, Dion and Mogwai. Sub Pop Records will be releasing the soundtrack commercially and the film premiered Friday at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival
Take a look at the trailer below featuring the gorgeous song "Winter Is Passing" by Australian artist Luluc.