The Magic Music Movie Team is hitting the beach!!! The Newport Beach Film Festival, that is. It's been such an amazing journey taking the film around the country, but to bring it back to our home base in Southern California feels extra special. If you've got friends or family in the area, please pass along the ticket information to them (included below). The screening will take place at the Triangle Cinemas on Sunday, April 29th, 2018 at 2:30pm. Don't miss it, as our Director, Lee Aronsohn, our Producer, Fleur Saville, and our Cinematographer, Dean Cornish, will be at the screening for a Q&A!!! Looking forward to seeing as many of you as possible there!
Richmond Film Festival is quickly approaching, with a special screening of "40 Years in the Making - The Magic Music Movie" playing at the BowTie Movieland 3 at 6:30pm on April 26th, 2018! We're so looking forward to a whole bunch of new faces getting to experience the movie, and encourage everyone in the Richmond area to come check it out! Director Lee Aronsohn will be there to answer some questions about the film, so you don't want to miss is! Ticket info is available below!
Florida Film Festival is just around the corner, with "40 Years in the Making -- The Magic Music Movie" screenings taking place on both April 8th and 15th!!! Director Lee Aronsohn will be there to ride along on the journey with everyone in attendance, and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!
Wow. Even without the award, the Boulder Film Festival response blew us away. Sold out screenings both nights, and standing ovations from both audiences. The fact that we were awarded BEST MUSIC DOCUMENTARY truly is the sweetest icing on the Magic Music cake. We here at the Magic Music team are so humbled and appreciative of anyone and everyone who has worked on, supported, and traveled great distances to be with us at these screenings. You're all a part of the Magic Music family, and we can't wait to see what's in store for us next!! Stay tuned!
The Magic Music Team
"For television producer Lee Aronsohn ("Two and a Half Men," "The Big Bang Theory"), that band was Boulder's Magic Music. And unlike many fans frustrated at seeing the object of their passion fade into history in a haze of anonymity, he set out not only to tell their largely forgotten story and celebrate their legacy; he, for at least one night, engineered a redemptive moment in the spotlight that too often eluded them in their youth.
The result is "40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie," which made its Colorado premiere Saturday at the Boulder Theater and screens 2:15 p.m. Sunday at Longmont Museum as part of the Boulder International Film Festival.
Aronsohn, who serves as a viewer's guide through the excavation of his personal passion, tells of his arrival to Boulder in the early 1970s, attracted by the University of Colorado's billing in an underground college guide as a hotbed for "dope and sex."
We don't learn how much of those commodities he found in Boulder. Rather, it was an ensemble of long-haired mellow musicians he stumbled upon one day on campus spinning their repertoire of tight, sun-dappled harmonies against a breezy fabric of acoustic guitars, tabla and flute that captured his attention in a way he would never shake..."
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LIVE Magic Music concert!
Friday, Feb. 23rd @ 7pm Magic Music will be in concert at the Unity church @ 2855 Folsom (corner of Valmont) Tickets $12 in advance, $15 @ the door. We would highly recommend buying in advance as the last show sold out. Tickets available at unityofboulder.com!
Boulder Film Festival screening!
It's finally here! Magic Music bringing the film back to the place it all started! Saturday, Feb 24th, Boulder International Film Festival @ 2:15pm, the Boulder Theater will show the documentary "Forty Years in the Making -- The Magic Music Movie." You can get your tickets right here: www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/1635774.
Special FREE live Magic Music concert!!
Saturday evening, Magic Music will be playing inside the intimate venue at The Post (filmmakers lounge) 2027 13th st Boulder starting @ 9:30 pm. Free show!! This venue only holds 120 people so we would advise getting tickets for the Unity of Boulder show on Friday.
Additional Screening @ the Longmont Museum!!
Sunday, Feb 25th, Boulder International Film Festival will host an additional screening of "Forty Years in the Making -- The Magic Music Movie" at the Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium 400 Quail rd @ 2:15pm. You can get tickets directly through the City of Longmont website, here: https://rec.ci.longmont.co.us/wbwsc/webtrac.wsc/wbsearch.html?xxmod=tk&xxticketcode=3TXBFF1018
We're looking forward to seeing everyone at this incredible event! Don't forget to check out the 2018 program for the Boulder International Film Festival right here: https://www.biff1.com!
We're super excited to be able to share "40 Years in the Making - The Magic Music Movie" at the Boulder International Film Festival this year, Feb. 22-25! There are so many awesome filmmakers there; plus, it's exciting to show the film in the place where all of this started, Boulder. As the dates get closer, we'll have more specific details here on where and when to see the movie, how to get tickets, and everything else Magic Music.
In the meantime, check out the festival's website at https://biff1.com !
"The emotional roller coaster this film takes us on is very enlightening. The battle of egos, the fight against conformity, and back to the land perspectives are illustrated with love and care by the film's director and narrator Lee Aronsohn. It is made immediately clear that this bands music helped mold him while he was a student in Boulder. Magic Music performed on campus regularly in the seventies and had a huge local following then in 1976 seemed to drop off the planet. Years past, Lee had kids, sung to them Magic Music songs, and realized he had to find Magic Music, discover where life had led them and pursue the almost impossible feat of reuniting the band...
By the end of the film, I was singing along and crying over experiencing the intensely emotional climax of the film. Since seeing the film the first time, I have rewatched it four times, mainly playing in the background for the sake of the music, which I can not find anywhere else, and am now addicted to. Hopefully, this film gets some attention and a soundtrack may be available, I am looking at you Lee Aronsohn!
So overall I absolutely adore this 1970's love letter of a music documentary, if you get a chance when it comes out in 2018 it is worth more than just the price of admission, it illustrates a place in time that was pivotal in many ways, and I wish nothing but the best for all involved! Thank you Lee Aronsohn, for the ear candy share and being a truly beautiful human that shared as well as brought this rocking story to the world. I do not want to list any spoilers... Just thanx Lee! Uplifting and truly a realistic look at what can happen to the closest of individuals overtimes heavy hands."
-Pekosa Peligrosa, AINT IT COOL NEWS
"40 Years In The Making: The Magic Music Movie premiered at the Woodstock Film Festival and will be also be playing at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 9th and 11th. Magic Music is also set to play a follow up reunion show at the Napa Fest on Nov. 11th. Television writer/producer Lee Aronsohn (The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men) tries to track down the scattered members of Boulder’s most influential and elusive jam band, “Magic Music,” in the hopes he can get them to play one last show.
The film is a wild little story about a popular hippie band from the 70’s in Boulder, Colorado that reunites for a concert 40 years after their tumultuous breakup. The story follows the band as they relive their touring days and explain how they squandered the opportunity to become the next big jam band (like the Grateful Dead)."
- Manon de Reeper, FILM INQUIRY
"He is a very well-respected name in television known for Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Murphy Brown, and now Lee Aronsohn can add documentary filmmaker to his repertoire. For Aronsohn’s documentary feature debut, he went back to his college days. He wrote, produced and directed 40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie, which is about his quest to find out what happened to a well-known band that would play on the campus of his alma mater — the University of Colorado in Boulder — and then reunite them to play once again. Watch the exclusive first look at the film above.
The film, he told Deadline, took him 2 1/2 years to make. “The first person I found of the group was Chris Daniels because he was still very active in music in the area. He has a band, Chris Daniels and the Kings.” After that, Aronsohn would find the rest of the band, one by one. “Part of the film is about bringing one of the estranged band members back into the fold,” he said. The title, 40 Years in the Making was “because I met the band in 1972. They were a bunch of hippies, they were musicians, and they would pass the hat. Then they kinda disappeared. I had all these songs in my head, and so when I stepped out of television and was thinking what I wanted to do next, it occurred to me to find out what happened to Magic Music.”
The band played all over the Midwest, doing small shows and building a loyal following. It seemed that Magic Music was just ready to take off when the band broke up.
As the film came together, Aronsohn said he realized that the film turned out to not only be about their journey but all of them from that 1970s generation. “It was an adventure,” he said. The music in the documentary came from the band itself from its 1970-75 heyday. “It actually turned out that they did demos and had an aborted album, so the film is scored exclusively with their vintage music,” which features the tablas they used instead of drums.
The film will have its world premiere screening at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival on October 15 followed by a West Coast premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 11, which will also include a rare live performance of the original 1970s jam band."
- Anita Busch, DEADLINE
"One of the closing films at Woodstock’s fest, “40 Years in The Making: The Magic Music Movie” is a documentary directed by television producer Lee Aronsohn (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and A Half Men”). Aronsohn, who attended the University of Boulder back in the 1970’s, was a fan of a local, soft rocking jam band called Magic Music. This Colorado group never put out an album and blew several career opportunities before breaking up and scattering across the country. Not content to just tell their forgotten story, the band is ultimately reunited at Aronsohn’s behest. The purpose is reviving good vibes from old hippies. Like, in the spirit of Woodstock, man."
- Mitch Myers, VARIETY
Many people hold a special connection to the music they first heard during their adolescence, as it evokes the feelings and emotions of their carefree youth. The new documentary, ’40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie,’ is reawakening those sentiments for youth culture from the 1970s, as it’s reuniting the title hippie band. In honor of Magic Music performing together again, and being featured in the upcoming film, Shockya is premiering an exclusive clip from the movie. In the clip, the band members describe how they almost became the opening act for Cat Stevens.
’40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie’ is set to have its World Premiere tomorrow at 6:30pm ET at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, New York, during the Woodstock Film Festival. The band is also set to play a reunion show at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 11.
The documentary was written, directed and executive produced by veteran television producer, Lee Aronsohn. The movie follows the filmmaker as he tries to track down the scattered members of Magic Music, which was a hippie band that found popularity and success in Boulder throughout the ’70s. The filmmaker, who was a devoted fan of the city’s most influential and elusive jam band while he was in college, hoped that he could convince the band to play together one last show.
Magic Music ultimately decided to heed to Aronsohn’s request, and reunited for a concert, 40 years after their tumultuous breakup. The band also relived their touring days, and explained how they squandered the opportunity to become the next big jam band.
Lee Aronsohn’s Debut Feature “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie” set to Jam at Woodstock & Napa Valley Film Festivals
Musical documentary written, directed and produced by veteran TV writer-producer Aronsohn to World Premiere at Woodstock Film Festival on Oct. 15th
Legendary Colorado band Magic Music is set to reunite and play live at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 11th
(Los Angeles, CA) September 26, 2017 – It is with great excitement that filmmakers today announce the highly anticipated musical documentary “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie,” directed by veteran TV writer-producer Lee Aronsohn (“The Big Bang Theory,” “Two and a Half Men”), will have its World Premiere screening at the upcoming Woodstock Film Festival on October 15th, 2017, followed by a West Coast Premiere at the Napa Valley Film Festival on November 11th. The Napa Valley premiere of the film will also include a rare live performance of the doc’s focus, the original 1970’s jam band Magic Music, following the screening at the Uptown Theater in Napa, CA.
Lee Aronsohn is best known as one of the forces behind “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory,” though he is also credited for work on shows such as “The Love Boat,” “Murphy Brown,” and “Cybill.” As a graduate from the University of Colorado in Boulder, Aronsohn traveled back to his alma mater for the first time in 40 years to tell the story of Magic Music in his first-ever feature length documentary.
Fresh out of the Woodstock Concert era, a band of hippies who called themselves “Magic Music” roamed around Boulder playing small shows and earning a dedicated following. Although the musicians played two of the earliest Telluride Bluegrass Festivals, they broke up in 1976 without ever releasing an album. Avid “Magic Music” fan turned successful television producer Lee Aronsohn set out to find the scattered members of this elusive jam band decades after they broke up, hoping to get them to play one last show. “40 Years in the Making: The Magic Music Movie” is Aronsohn and the band’s magical story.
The film will World Premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at 6:30pm at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY.
The official West Coast premiere of the film for the general public, which will include an exciting live performance from the reunited, original Magic Music, will take place November 11, 2017 at 1:30pm at the Uptown Theater in Napa, CA.
An additional screening for festival pass holders will take place at the Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, CA on Thursday, November 9th at 1:30pm.
For further information on the screenings and events, please see the following web pages for details: