Greenwich Entertainment and 1091 have co-acquired the documentary Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice directed by Academy Award®-Winning filmmakers Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice will open in theaters this September. CNN Films, a co-producer of the documentary has acquired broadcast television rights for North America.
The film premiered to glowing reviews at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival® and recently won the Documentary Audience Award at the Provincetown International Film Festival.
With one of the most stunning voices to ever hit the airwaves, Linda Ronstadt burst onto the 1960s folk rock music scene and became the most successful female musician of the 1970s. She sold out stadiums around the world and was the highest paid female performer in rock and roll. Ronstadt’s singing range was second to none and she recorded hit records across rock, opera, jazz and Mexican folk, which channelled her Mexican ancestry.
Epstein’s and Friedman’s feature documentary is filled with rare archival footage of Ronstadt’s legendary performances and moving interviews with her iconic friends and collaborators Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton, Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Brown, and JD Souther. Constructed from interviews over 50 years, Ronstadt narrates the film that documents her career from her early days in Tucson, Arizona through her premature 2011 retirement due to Parkinson’s disease.
“It was a privilege to be entrusted by Linda to make this film,” said Epstein and Friedman. “We hope audiences have as much fun watching it as we had making it.”
Golden Globe-winning producer James Keach, who has been part of some of the most groundbreaking musical films in recent years, said “We are excited to be working with 1091 Media, Greenwich Entertainment and CNN Films. They will ensure that Linda’s legacy will be shared throughout the world and help pave the way for future generations of Latin X and visionary performers to realize their dreams.”
Directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman have been honored with two Academy Awards®, five Emmy Awards, and three Peabody Awards. Before becoming filmmaking partners, Epstein won the Academy Award® for his documentary The Times of Harvey Milk in 1985. Together with Friedman, their documentary Common Threads won the Academy Award® in 1990.