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‘CBGB’ Filmmakers to Tell Story of Famed Caribou Records

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3:08 PM PST 1/14/2013 by Borys Kit

Randall Miller and Jody Savin will write the script for “Caribou Records,” with Miller to direct.

Randall Miller and Jody Savin
Randall Miller and Jody Savin

After wrapping their rock feature CBGB, Randall Miller and Jody Savin are hoping to keep the music going with a new music-themed project, this one on famed recording studio Caribou Records.

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Miller and Savin will write the script with Miller directing the project. It will produce via their Unclaimed Freight banner along with Brad Rosenberger, their music business partner.

Titled Caribou Records, the movie will aim to tell the story of the music studio run by James William Guercio in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains.

Caribou Ranch - Nederland, Colorado
Caribou Ranch - Nederland, Colorado

Guercio was a record producer who also managed Chicago. From around 1971 to 1985, when a fire destroyed the studio, Caribou was the site of recordings by Paul McCartney, Elton John — who titled his chart-topping 1974 album Caribou after the studio — Chicago, Joe Walsh and Amy Grant, among others.

The filmmakers will work with Guercio on the film, mining his stories, and the music man will serve in a producer capacity.

Miller said they gravitated to Guercio because of his maverick personality.

“He left Hollywood to go to the wilds of Colorado and put everything on the line,” said Miller. “Everyone thought he was nuts. But all these artists — from John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Elton John, the Beach Boys — came out there. He’s basically this young guy who had a crazy dream.” read more…