A MESSAGE FROM MANHATTAN TRANSFER'S ALAN PAUL!
The Manhattan Transfer may be the most influential, iconic and beloved vocal harmony group in modern musical history.
Tracing their origins from the New York club scene, through their nearly five decades of award-winning music and thousands of performances, this film will be an intimate and honest look into the true story of The Transfer as told by its members, colleagues, friends, and celebrities who have taken part in their fantastic journey. Through the good times and bad, hits and misses, loves and tragic loss, they have given us nearly half a century of great music and fantastic stories, and they're not done yet!
It’s a backstage musical, a family drama, a tale about an incredible array of fascinating characters and their complex relationships, and ultimately a story of love. Plus, it will be packed with great musical performances by the Transfer and their musical influences.
We are so grateful that The Transfer is opening up their vaults to hours of rare performances and never before seen backstage footage that will completely knock your socks off. It is our mission to bring it all to you.
It’s a story that cries out to be told and preserved on film for the ages.
I love art, I love jazz and soul, I love documentaries (I was even nominated for an Oscar for one), and I’ve loved The Manhattan Transfer’s music for decades. I also love great 4-part vocal harmony—of which The Transfer has set the bar. I hope this documentary will help bring it back into fashion.
I first met Alan Paul, one of the group’s founders, when our daughters sang together in their high school vocal jazz group. The group even opened for a Transfer concert and won the Best High School Jazz Vocal Group award at the Monterrey Jazz Festival. Alan and I often carpooled and have stayed good friends ever since.
Over the years, Alan has shared with me many personal stories of The Transfer and its members, from their childhoods to their founding, through nearly 5 decades of music, awards, and fans. I’ve been particularly interested in how the group stayed together for all these decades, long after most musical groups have broken up. I hope this film will enlighten audiences to their secret, while presenting backstage and performance footage, much of which has never been seen in public before.
Although I’m one of the filmmakers, I can’t wait to see it. I hope you feel the same.
Miles Mogulescu, Director
No one sings 4-part harmony like The Manhattan Transfer. Recognized by fans, critics, and fellow musicians for their mastery of Jazz, R & B, Doo-Wop, Pop, and Bebop, they are, quite simply, the gold standard. It is hard to think of another internationally acclaimed group who has flourished as long at such a high level.
The Transfer have won 11 Grammys, recorded over 30 albums and collaborated with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Jon Hendricks, Smokey Robinson, Bette Midler, The Count Basie Orchestra, Chick Corea, Frankie Valli, Bobby McFerrin, Take 6, and Weather Report.
They’ve thrilled millions of fans around the world from small clubs, to major concert halls, to giant stadiums, running the gamut from being the summer replacement for The Cher Show on CBS, to performing at The Palace Theater in London to headlining Disney Hall in Los Angeles.
And they’re still going strong!
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MILES MOGULESCU, DIRECTOR is an Academy Award-nominated documentary filmmaker, producer, and business affairs executive. His film “Union Maids” was nominated for an Oscar for Best Feature Documentary. He founded and ran The Film Fund, which helped support, numerous documentaries and also co-founded The Independent Feature Project, which went on to sponsor the Independent Spirit Awards. He produced “Montana” for HBO, written by Pulitzer Prize winner Larry McMurtry, starring Gena Rowlands and Richard Crenna. His superstar music video and documentary remake of “Give Peace a Chance” with new lyrics by Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and Lenny Kravitz, featured artists like Tom Petty, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Al Jarreau, Run DMC, Michael McDonald, Cindy Lauper, Little Richard, L.L. Cool J, Iggy Pop, and Steve Van Zandt.
Miles is also an entertainment attorney and business affairs executive (graduated first in his law school class.) He was a Senior Vice President at MGM. He has negotiated financing for many independent films, including “Drive” starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, and Oscar Isaac; the Oscar-nominated “Nightcrawler” starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rez Ahmed and Rene Russo; Oscar winner “Whiplash” starring J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller; and “Colette” starring Keira Knightly.
JOHN ANDERSON, Co-Director/Editor is an Emmy-winning and Grammy-nominated editor, director, and executive producer, and the recipient of Screen Magazine's 'Editor of the Year' award. His work has appeared on HBO, PBS, A&E, MTV, Showtime, ABC, NBC, CBS, and the BBC. His award-winning collaborations with Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys over the last 20 years have spanned six projects, including Brian's performance of the title track in "Love & Mercy," the 2015 biopic starring John Cusack, Paul Dano, and Elizabeth Banks. Other artists whom John has worked with include Neil Young, Pete Townsend, Patti Smith, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Elvis Costello, Jack White, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, Jackson Browne, Iggy Pop, Todd Rundgren, John Prine, Eric Clapton, John Cage, and Nancy Sinatra. John recently completed producing, directing, editing and co-writing a feature documentary about legendary Chicago bluesman Paul Butterfield, entitled "Horn From The Heart."
MATT MINDLIN, Cinematographer is best known for lighting and filming numerous photo and video shoots for Madonna, Cher, and Stevie Nicks over the past fifteen years. In addition to extensive commercial and music video work for major companies and artists, Matt’s other credits include “Mr. Hoover and I” (directed by documentary legend Emile de Antonio), “Spinal Tap: Back From The Dead,” “Dear Mom, Love Cher,” “Diddy: On The Record,“ J -Lo: On The Record,” “Bill Frissell: A Portrait,” “Bukowski: Born Into This,” “Madonna: The Confessions Tour,” and “Madonna: Sticky and Sweet Tour” and he collaborated on a whimsical series of short films with Robert Downey, Jr. sponsored by HTC.
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