Eagle Rock Films have been presented with the FOCAL Award for Best Use of Footage in a Music Production for their John Lennon & Yoko Ono release, Above Us Only Sky.
The company received two nominations in the same category, with Blue Note: Beyond the Notes, a film exploring the vision behind the iconic American jazz record label also being nominated.
Above Us Only Sky is a feature length documentary, directed by Michael Epstein (with original footage directed by John & Yoko). The film includes unseen archive material filmed during the rehearsals for the ‘Imagine’ album which has been restored by Simon Hilton and Sam Gannon at Studio One, with third party footage resourcing by Assistant Producer & Archive Researcher, Lorna Lithgow. The film was edited by Matthew Longfellow, Matt Ashton and Jerry Chater.
With global broadcasts, the film premiered with Channel 4 in UK last November, screened on A&E in the US earlier this year and is currently available on Netflix in North America. Eagle Vision are making Above Us Only Sky available digitally and on DVD /Blu-ray later this year.
Peter Worsley, MD Eagle Rock Films and producer of the film said “This award is a tribute to Yoko Ono both in the filming she and John did in 1971 and also to the work she has overseen in restoring and remastering the archive. It was exciting for all the production team to work on this material”.
Terry Shand, Chairman and CEO of Eagle Rock Entertainment added, “With exclusive access to the extensive Lennon video, audio and photo archive, including much previously unseen material as well as interviews with a wide range of people directly involved with the recording, this has been an exciting opportunity to tell this story fully for the first time.”
The FOCAL International Awards celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres and are the leading and most complete set of awards for the archive footage industry in the world today.