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I Want My MTV
Directed by
Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop

USA / 2019 / 84

Screening Times and Venues:
WOODSTOCK Bearsville Theater
10/3/2019, 5:45PM
RHINEBECK Upstate Films II
10/5/2019, 7:30PM

Q&A Attendees
*subject to change:
David Kennedy
The rise of MTV was a cultural phenomenon that no one could escape. Finally, a television channel targeted to kids and teens. Head of talent relations during the birth of MTV, Gale Sparrow says it worked so well because, If your parents hated it, you loved it. I Want My MTV illustrates how a group of scrappy young-adults changed television forever. During the first decade of MTV, the American public finally saw the songs they had been listening to in action. Many artists, such as David Bowie, REO Speedwagon, and even Poison, became main attractions on this rock & roll only channel. Not without setbacks, I Want My MTV discusses the often controversial music channel. With interviews from Sting, Fab 5 Freddy, Pat Benatar, and many more, I Want My MTV shows us the good, the bad and the ugly of starting the biggest pop culture sensation of the 20th century. —Sierra Slaughter
Tyler Measom is the co-director and producer of numerous films including Sons of Perdition (Tribeca 2010), which tells the story of teenagers exiled by their polygamist community. He also co-directed and produced An Honest Liar (Tribeca 2014), which looks at the life and lies of James “The Amazing” Randi. He has produced the films TAKE (Tribeca 2008), starring Jeremy Renner, the Showtime feature documentary Jesus Town, USA and the documentary ELDER (Tribeca 2016), which tells the story of a gay Mormon missionary. He is currently co-directing, with Jared Hess, the documentary series The Salamander.

Patrick Waldrop grew up in Easter, Washington. He graduated from UC Berkeley and holds an M.F.A. from UCLA TFT. His debut short, Cosmic Debris, premiered at Tribeca in 2018. Patrick works in narrative and documentary filmmaking.

Cast/Featuring: Sting, Norman Lear, Billy Idol, Nancy Wilson, Fab 5 Freddy, Tom Freston, Bret Michaels, Pat Benatar, Tori Amos
Executive Producer(s): Brad Abramson, Craig Wilkinson, Kerri Borsuk, Rick Krim
Producer(s): David Kennedy, Nick Quested, Tyler Measom, Patrick Waldrop
Director(s): Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop
Screenwriter(s): Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop
Cinematographer(s): Tyler Measom
Editor(s): Torben Bernhard and Tyler Measom
Composer(s)/Music: Matt Nathanson and Patrick Stump
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