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The"IWantMyMTV"DocumentaryPremieresatthe2019TribecaFilmFestival

Judith Davis
4mo New York, NY, United States Story
The "I Want My MTV" Documentary Premieres at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival

As a former MTV Networks freelancer, I was excited about seeing the documentary and although I was not there from the beginning, it is still so amazing to have been a part of the company.  

Writer and directors, Tyler Meason and Patrick Waldrop join together to put together this must see documentary and let's us all see how this television network changed the way we consumed musics from the 80s until today.  

Former MTV VJ Mark Goodman, Hip Hop Artist/Producer Darryl DMC McDaniel, MTV Founder John Sykes, Former MTV CEO Judy McGrath and Founder & Form MTV CEO, Tom Freston

MTV is a touchstone in the lives of millions of young people, as well as a home for musicians and filmmakers to display their frequently offbeat sense of artistic vision, upstart music network MTV burst onto televisions on August 1, 1981. Via a combination of the scrappy handful of young adults serving as hosts, the fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants production style, and the music mini-movies that were the foundation of the original channel, MTV was like nothing Americans had ever seen before.

Founder of MTV, John Lack

The film takes a nostalgic and thrilling ride, I Want My MTV takes its audience back to the beginning, when the idea of a television channel devoted solely to screening newfangled videos from music’s hottest stars seemed destined for failure. From DEVO and Cyndi Lauper to David Bowie and Madonna, the film provides a peek into how the videos that defined a generation, as well as how the team of young executives—now some of the most prolific and powerful leaders in American media—tasked with growing this seed of an idea, would quickly flourish into a beloved but often controversial cultural juggernaut. Features commentary from Sting, Tegan and Sara, Fab 5 Freddy, Jerry Cantrell, Tabitha Soren, and more.

Writer and director, Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop

The world premiere was held May 1, 2019 at the SVA Theaters during the Tribeca Film Festival.  After the Premiere Screening there was a  conversation with film directors Tyler Measom and Patrick Waldrop, MTV co-founders John Sykes and Tom Freston, former MTV CEO Judy McGrath, Darryl McDaniels of Run DMC, and original MTV VJ Mark Goodman moderated by Jen Chaney (NY Mag).

The crowd laughed, cheered, took a trip down memory lane and to be honest, the night was like a mini college reunion with former and current MTV employees in the audience.  It was truly an amazing time at the Tribeca Film Festival.


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