"The brand new film about folk-veteran Eric Andersen...is one of the finest music films of the year...The Songpoet tells a poignant story of a man whose life has been met with challenges that would make most people give up...A personal movie, like the portrait of Sixto Rodriguez ('Searching for Sugar Man') opens the door to a world of soulful poetry and music just waiting to be (re) discovered."
- Music Film Festival, Copenhagen
"The camera has always loved Eric Andersen and we can be grateful that at long last he has trusted film makers Paul Lamont and Scott Sackett with painting this most personal of portraits...Prepare yourself as layer by layer, in hypnotic sequence, one is bewitched - seeing and feeling every unexpected twist and turn."
- Carolyn Hester, Singer/Songwriter
"The Songpoet…is an archaeological dig in lyric form…
a jewel of rare beauty…What makes the film stand shoulders
above its biopic peers is both its richly crafted cinematic
beauty and its philosophical insistence on the artist as a being
formed in the crucible of relationships."
-Augusta Palmer, Filmmaker
"All the elements of a so-called 'art film' combined with the highs and lows of career-building...set The Songpoet apart from any music documentary I've seen, from No Direction Home to Sugar Man." - Arthur Levy, Music Historian
By 1967, the stage had been set for Greenwich Village folk musician Eric Andersen to be catapulted to international fame, rising above his contemporaries of the time. But the death of his newly acquired manager, famed Beatles impresario Brian Epstein, turned his career upside down. Five years later, he found himself again on the brink of commercial success only to suffer another devastating blow that threw his future into uncertainty. The Songpoet dives deep into conflicts of career, ego, relationships and the unrelenting pursuit of one’s purpose as it explores what it takes to keep moving forward. This is the sometimes tragic, but surprisingly uplifting story of
Principal filming began in December, 2011 in Buffalo, NY and wrapped in January, 2017 in Norway. During that time, there were multiple research trips to Eric Andersen's personal archives in The Netherlands as well as shoots in Canada, the United States and Europe.
Roland Van Campenhout
Peggy Duncan Garner
Filmed on location in
Buffalo, New York
Los Angeles, California
Middleburgh, New York
New York City, New York
Piermont, New York
Woodstock, New York