The Day the Music Died: The Story of Don McLean’s “American Pie”

Special Guest: Director Mark Moormann

With a narrative running deeper than a catchy tune and cryptic verses, “American Pie” is a musical phenomenon woven deep into the history of American culture, entertaining audiences around the world for over 50 years. This documentary tells the stories of the people who were a part of this moment from the beginning, shows the point of view of a new generation of artists who are motivated by the same values and ideas that inspired the song’s creation, and highlights cultural moments in America’s history that are as relevant now as they were in 1971, when the song was released.

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Join for a reception with at 7pm | Film starts at 7:45 and a discussion with Mark follows

Mark Moormann is a Miami-based filmmaker whose acclaimed documentaries have screened theatrically, at major film festivals (Sundance, Toronto, SXSW), museums, airports, and worldwide television.

His films include the Grammy-nominated “Tom Dowd & the Language Of Music”, the MTV Movie & TV Award-nominated “The Day the Music Died”, and the SXSW Audience Award-winner “For Once In My Life”. He’s worked as a cinematographer on noted documentaries including “Studio 54”, “Itzhak”, “Sour Grapes”, and “Icahn: the Restless Billionaire”.

Moormann’s music industry collaborations include studio shoots with Aerosmith, Michael Jackson, and Andrea Bocelli; on-location with Ray Charles, Eric Clapton, and Garth Brooks; and live performances featuring Shakira, The Bee Gees, and Amy Winehouse’s premiere U.S. performance. His sports collaborations include shoots with superstars Lionel Messi, Mike Tyson, Serena Williams, Conor McGregor, and Wayne Gretsky.


DIRECTOR(S): Mark Moormann
PRODUCER(S): Dave Harding
CAST: Don McLean, Garth Brooks, Peter Gallagher, ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, Harvey Mason Jr., Jade Bird

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