Caribou Ranch documentary in the works

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Caribou Ranch, near Nederland, was a major recording studio throughout the '70s and early '80s. The 178 artists who recorded there over the years include such legends as Elton John, Billy Joel, the Beach Boys, Frank Zappa and Joe Walsh. But when a fire destroyed the control room in 1985, owner James Guercio closed the studio. More than two decades later, Mark Brown wrote a piece about Caribou Ranch for the Rocky Mountain News; he says the article was well received and garnered e-mails from around the world. In addition, it acted as the springboard for a documentary that Brown is collaborating on with Guercio, Kenny Passarelli and others.

After scoring interviews with Billy Joel, Joe Walsh, Earth Wind & Fire and others when they were in town for concerts, Brown says they have about 60 to 75 percent of the documentary filmed. They also have dozens of hours of historical footage, about 10,000 photos, studio documents and unheard music to work with.

"I think it's one of the last great untold stories," Brown says. "People wouldn't want to see another Woodstock documentary, I don't think."

Here's the trailer for the film:

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Hey, Cartel - what qualifies you to pass judgment on the production quality of the trailer? Looks no different to me than any indy-type trailer coming from FoxSearchlight You have a dog in this hunt? 


Given the current ecconomies of music documentary, I am not sure how Producers are going to clear the rights to so many hit songs and secure interviews with some of the key players who refuse to be involved with Guercio anymore? That cost will be way more expensive then the low budget style of production demonstrated in this trailer.

David Barrickman
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Looking forward to this being released! Trailer is very promising...hope they score some interviews with the original members of Chicago...especially Peter Cetera who NEVER wants to acknowledge this legacy anymore!

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