Paul Simon is the subject of a new documentary that was three years in the making.
In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon was directed by Alex Gibney who says, “In early 2021 amid the pandemic, Paul invited me to film him while he was making his most recent album, Seven Psalms. Paul was losing his hearing in one ear, and it was a devastating time. His tribulations in making that album about faith and mortality are the emotional heart of this story. Creating a visual dreamscape to meet Paul’s life as an artist has been painstaking, and one of my greatest joys.”
The film will also include Simon’s time with Art Garfunkel, becoming a solo artist, and rare footage, including outtakes from 1969 documentary Songs of America and early rehearsals.
The film is expected to be out in time for an expected fall festival run.
Gibney previously directed documentaries on the Eagles, History of the Eagles – The Story of an American Band, and Mick Jagger’s film on James Brown, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.