Songwriters Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice Talk SONG ONE, the Emotional Importance of the Songs, and More at Sundance 2014

     January 28, 2014


One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Song One, the directorial debut of Kate Barker-Froyland.  The film stars Anne Hathaway as a young woman who returns home after her brother is injured (Ben Rosenfield) and romantically connects with his favorite musician (Johnny Flynn).  Set against the backdrop of the Brooklyn music scene, Song One also stars Mary Steenburgen as Hathaway’s mom, which is perfect casting.

The day after the premiere, I landed an exclusive video interview with songwriters Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice. They talked about how they got involved, their songwriting process for the film, the emotional importance of the songs, being at Sundance, and much more.  Hit the jump to watch.

And if you missed my video interview with Anne Hathaway and Mary Steenburgen, watch it here.

Jenny Lewis & Johnathan Rice:

  • :14 – What it means to them to be part of the Sundance Film Festival.
  • 1:17 – What is the film about?
  • 2:27 – How they got involved with the film. They were enlisted to write the songs for an artist that was supposed to be a classic record.
  • 3:27 – Why they felt compelled to sign on.
  • 4:09 – Their songwriting process for the film. They wrote an album’s worth of material and the director chose which songs to use.
  • 5:05 – How long did they work on the music? There was no start date to the film when they were asked to contribute songs. The cast, directors, and producers agreed not to start production until the music was ready.
  • 6:10 – Talk about the emotional importance of the songs.
  • 7:09 – What’s coming up for them?


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