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'Ray' Director To Keynote Music DVD 2

26 Jan, 2006 By: Kurt Indvik

Taylor Hackford

Oscar-winning director Taylor Hackford will offer insights on music in film when he keynotes Music DVD 2 March 7.

The conference takes place at the Regent Beverly Wilshire, in Beverly Hills, Calif., and is produced by Home Media Retailing, in cooperation with DEG: The Digital Entertainment Group, The Hollywood Reporter and the Video Software Dealers Association.

Hackford was nominated for a best director Oscar in 2004 for Ray, which was also nominated for Best Picture, and earned Jamie Foxx an Oscar as best actor. Hackford also directed the Chuck Berry film Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n' Roll, which will be coming out in special remastered two- and four-disc sets June 27 (prebook May 16) from Image Entertainment. His other directorial credits include An Officer and a Gentleman, Dolores Claiborne and The Idolmaker (1980), based on the life of rock promoter Bob Marucci. He won an Academy Award for best short subject in 1978 for Teenage Father.

“Having Taylor Hackford keynote the conference will give attendees a great opportunity to hear from an acclaimed director who has embraced music as a central focus in much of his work,” said conference chair Don Rosenberg, publisher of Home Media Retailing.

Hackford's 1987 film Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n' Roll documents the 1986 gathering of music superstars who — at the invitation of Keith Richards — performed an evening of music honoring rock legend Chuck Berry on his 60th birthday. Berry, Richards, Eric Clapton, Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, Robert Cray, Julian Lennon, Robbie Robertson, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Roy Orbison, Bo Diddley and others perform or provide interviews about Berry's influence on rock ‘n' roll.

“I'm thrilled that Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n' Roll is finally going to be available on DVD,” Hackford said. The two-disc set is priced at $29.99; the four-disc set, $49.99.

During the keynote Hackford will talk about his role with the DVD, which includes more than seven hours of new bonus material.

“Taylor Hackford is such a fan of DVD, and what it means for filmmakers as another palate,” said Barry Gordon, SVP of worldwide programming for Image. Hackford, he added, took a very hands-on approach to developing content for the Hail! Hail! disc.

“He really looks at this DVD as his follow-up to Ray,” Gordon said.

Also speaking at Music DVD 2 during a variety of panel sessions will be senior executives from Tower Records and Video, WEA Corp., Rhino Entertainment, Sony BMG, Image Entertainment, R2 Entertainment and many others.

The conference will also feature the second annual Music DVD Awards, a special music performance during the luncheon, and other networking opportunities.

For more information about Music DVD 2 and to register visit www.dvdconferences.com.

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