A Velvet Underground Documentary Is On The Way

August 7, 2017
Musician Lou Reed attends the Metropolitan Opera's Gala premiere of Rossini's 'Le Comte Ory'


Variety reports that a Velvet Underground documentary is on its way, and it sounds like the Todd Haynes-directed flick will be an “experimental” mashup of culture, art, and film centered on 1960s New York. 

Haynes, who just confirmed the project at Switzerland’s Locarno International Film Festival, has done a number of music-oriented movies, including the Bob Dylan film I’m Not There, but this will be his first documentary about a band. Given that there’s such little documentation of the band, Haynes will reportedly rely on Andy Warhol films, as The Velvet Underground were the house band for Andy Warhol’s Factory back in the day.

News of the forthcoming documentary comes a few months after the 50th anniversary of the band’s iconic debut, Velvet Underground & Nico.



Nico, the infamous collaborator on the 1967 album, is also getting a biopic that will premiere at the end of the month at the Venice International Film Festival.