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Exploring the cultural impact of concert films

(foreground) Ayette Jordan, Scott Regan, (background) Linda Moroney, and Ryan Yarmel on "Connections"
Megan Mack
(foreground) Ayette Jordan, Scott Regan, (background) Linda Moroney, and Ryan Yarmel on "Connections with Evan Dawson," on Tuesday, October 10, 2023
A smiling man with short dark hair wearing a blue button-down shirt and a grey blazer. He is holding a pair of eyeglasses. The word "Connections" appears on the left side of the photo in vertical letters.

The concert film is trending. This hour, we discuss the buzz surrounding films like Taylor Swift’s “The Eras Tour,” “Renaissance: A Film by Beyoncé,” and the revival of the Talking Heads’ 1984 film, “Stop Making Sense.”

How do audiences experience music differently when concerts are on the big screen? What is lost and what is gained? Do concert films make some artists’ work more accessible to audiences they don’t – or can’t – normally reach? We cover it all with our guests:

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.