The Songpoet (Distributed to PBS stations nationwide through American Public Television)
Released: April 24, 2021
Eric Andersen is the restless, wandering kind who follows his own river to its own destination. As a musician, he defies categorization. His artful mélange of love, despair, hope and stirred memory has earned him a passionate international following and the respect and admiration of artists ranging from Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen to Wyclef Jean and the late Lou Reed. The Songpoet offers a look into the mind, soul and creative process of this multifaceted, complex and singularly driven artist whose early career saw great expectations waylaid by misfortune.
From the Beats and Greenwich Village folkies to The Netherlands where Andersen now lives, The Songpoet follows his remarkable 50-year journey that continues today as he writes and records with a poetic passion. With unprecedented access to Andersen and his personal archives, the film is a study on the culture of fame, the fragility of an artist’s career and the integrity of the artist as it reveals the indestructible energy that drives Eric Andersen — The Songpoet.
Preliminary filming began in December, 2011 followed by filming in April, 2012 in Toronto, Buffalo and New York City. In November of 2012, filming continued in The Netherlands, where Andersen now lives, as well as in Germany and France. Additional filming took place in LA and Nashville. All principal filming was completed in Norway in January, 2017. The film had its world premiere at the Music Film Festival in Copenhagen on September 13, 2019, its North American premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival on January 23, 2020, and premiered on PBS stations nationwide on April 24, 2021.
Director Paul Lamont
Producer Scott Sackett
Director of Photography, U.S. Jack Cummings
Editor Chris Bové
Director of Photography, Norway Stephen McCarthy
Associate Producer John C. Merino
Sound John V. Davis
Robert “Mose” Jason
Sound Design Shaun M. Mullins
Audio Post-Production Propellerhead Media
Gold Telly for Excellence in Editing
Silver for Telly Excellence in Cinematography
Silver for Telly Excellence in Directing
Silver for Telly Excellence in General Documentary
Silver for Telly Excellence in Biography
Bronze for Telly Excellence in Use of Music
Bronze for TellyExcellence in Music Video
Official Film Website: www.thesongpoetfilm.com