The Fort Myers Film Festival is proud to announce the opening night film kicking off the 8th annual premiere event March 21, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann PAH in Lee County is “Melody Makers,” an exciting rock doc that tells the true story of the rise and fall of the world’s most influential music publication in history and uncovers an era of tremendous creative freedom. This will be a Florida premiere for the film, which has screened and won awards at a dozen other festivals. The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. with afterparty on the stage to follow with stars and cast attending the Fort Myers Film Festival.
At the heart of the opening night film's story is Barrie Wentzell, Chief Contributing Photographer of Melody Maker Magazine (1965-1975) and his iconic photographic archive featuring prominent legendary musicians and musical groups that emerged during the birth of rock n’ roll including Led Zepplin, Eric Clapton, The Who, The Beatles, Elton John, Ian Anderson, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylon, Pink Floyd and more. Select musicians, and Melody Maker journalists, Chris Welch, Chris Charlesworth, Richard Guardian, Alan Lewis, Mick Watts and Allan Jones infuse the film with stories about a unique period when Melody Maker Magazine, founded in 1926 as a jazz musician’s trade paper boldly became the first publication to cover popular music seriously in the early 1960’s, setting the stage for publications like Rolling Stone.
Melody Maker captured the attention of the musicians, fans, and the journalists who shared a common passion, the music. Bands were formed from the back page classified section, a pop culture phenomenon. This landmark documentary takes a fresh look at the changing landscape of music journalism that lead to the end of Melody Maker Magazine, and a style of music journalism that no longer exists today.
Get your tickets to this amazing rock dock from the magical musical age of time gone by. Tickets are only $10. Tickets for the film and afterparty are $49. Get your tickets today!