Allen Farst, founder of Niche Productions, is thrilled to announce the signing of a distribution deal with Gravitas Ventures, a Red Arrow Studios Company, to release his latest film, ‘Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man,’ a sterling documentary on the rock ‘n’ roll pianist/keyboardist often described as the “Fifth Rolling Stone.” The film has been released to several Video-On-Demand (VOD) outlets.
Directed by Farst, “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man” provides an epic, in-depth look into Leavell’s life both on and off the stage. Leavell has played and toured with the Rolling Stones since 1982, and his status as rock royalty may be equaled only by his stature within the world of environmental forestry, where he previously has been named the National Tree Farmer of the Year in the United States. It’s this fascinating combination of passions, coupled with more than 80 gripping interviews from legendary musicians with a combined 58 Grammy Awards, that already has produced quite the buzz for the film.
The documentary captivated crowds recently at both the Macon Film Festival and Sedona International Film Festival, the latter of which recognized the film as the 2020 People’s Choice Award. “This is a MUST-SEE film for anyone who loves great music and great documentaries,” said Patrick Schweiss, Artistic Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “Director Allen Farst has managed to capture the life of one of the great keyboard legends, Chuck Leavell, who has worked with all the greatest musicians…’The Tree Man’ was a rousing hit at our festival, with audience members cheering and raving about the film!”
“I’ve seen plenty of rock documentaries in my many years, and this one honestly is one of the best rockumentaries you’ll ever see,” said Ivor Levene of Goldmine Magazine.
“Allen and I have been working on this for over three years now and I have to tip my hat to him. He’s done a masterful job,” Chuck Leavell.
“Chuck’s story is more than music. It’s about life, love and the precious world we live in. The story is like a circle, the top 180 is his career in music. The bottom 180 is a mix of a love story and his life long work in forestry. You will laugh and cry at all of the right moments,” said Director, Allen Farst.
The documentary is full of star power with Billy Bob Thornton, Mick Jagger, President Jimmy Carter, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt, Dickey Betts, Paul Shaffer, Chris Robinson, Charlie Daniels, Miranda Lambert, Charlie Watts, Bruce Hornsby, Juliann Lennon, Mike Mills, John Bell, Pat Monahan, Ronnie Wood, Warren Haynes, John Mayer, David Gilmour and more.
ABOUT DIRECTOR ALLEN FARST – NICHE PRODUCTIONS
Farst is an acclaimed award winning director, filmmaker and photographer whose most notable work involves action sports, music, documentary films, high-end commercials and intimate celebrity photography. His work has been featured by Contour by Getty, Panasonic, Maxim Magazine, USA Today, Drone360, Nikon Cinema and more. For additional information, visit www.allenfarst.com