Steve Young, David Letterman’s ghostwriter on the Late Show, developed a wonderful obsession for what he calls show business’ "hidden, mysterious world": the company musicals McDonald's, Ford and Xerox, etc., had produced in the sixties and seventies "solely for in-house screening". Professional musicals singing the praises of copiers, air conditioners and new generations of toilets.

Young delves into these works’ history, tracking down composers and discovering long-lost treasures in attics and cellars along the way. Composers responsible for Fiddler on the Roof and other defining American musicals once earned their keep making company musicals. In fact, that’s how they cut their teeth. However, because these musicals were not intended for commercial release and the makers never spoke about them, they might have been lost. Young views them as an alternative cultural history of America.

Filmmaker
Dava Whisenant
Premiere
European premiere
Country
USA
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
87’
Language
English
Producer
Amanda Spain, Dava Whisenant, Susan Littenberg
Production Company
Cactus Flower Films, Blumhouse Productions, Impact Partners
Sales
Focus Features
Writer
Ozzy Inguanzo, Dava Whisenant
Cinematography
Natalie Kingston, Nick Higgins
Editor
Dava Whisenant
Production Design
Jason Perrine
Music
Anthony DiLorenzo