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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Welcomes Filmmakers Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, and Alan Light for Special Film Screening of Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song

The night kicks off with a live performance by Liz Bullock on the Union Home Mortgage Plaza, with a Q&A following the film screening

On June 30th, Filmmakers Dan Geller, Dayna Goldfine, and Alan Light will join the Rock Hall for a special screening of their film, Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song followed by a Q&A.

The film is a definitive exploration of singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen as seen through the prism of his internationally renowned hymn, “Hallelujah.” This feature-length documentary weaves together three creative strands: the songwriter and his times; the song’s dramatic journey from record label reject to chart-topping hit; and moving testimonies from major recording artists for whom “Hallelujah” has become a personal touchstone. Approved for production by Leonard Cohen just before his 80th birthday in 2014, the film accesses a wealth of never-before-seen archival materials from the Cohen Trust including Cohen’s personal notebooks, journals and photographs, performance footage, and extremely rare audio recordings and interviews.

Following the film, directors Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine will be joined by consulting producer, Alan Light for a Q&A.

Event tickets are available for $10.00 at

Before the screening, fans can head to the Union Home Mortgage Plaza to enjoy food and beer truck specials and catch a free Rock Hall Live performance by local singer-songwriter Liz Bullock. The music begins at 5pm.

Plus, stop by the Museum’s Legends of Rock exhibit to view lyrics to Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan” on display.

About the Filmmakers

Dan Geller — Producer/Director/Camera
Dayna Goldfine — Producer/Director/Editor/Location Sound

For over 30 years, Emmy-award winning directors/producers Geller and Goldfine have jointly created critically acclaimed multi- character documentary narratives that braid the personal stories of their protagonists to form a larger portrait of the human experience. Their most recent film, The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden (2013) had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival and its European premiere in Berlin. It opened theatrically to strong critical reviews nationwide in April 2014, has played theaters and festivals internationally, and is now available worldwide on VOD as well as consumer and educational DVD.

Geller and Goldfine’s work also includes the award-winning Something Ventured (2011), which premiered at SXSW and went on to play festivals and screen internationally, as well as in educational distribution, VOD and consumer DVD release worldwide, including a national PBS broadcast in January 2013; Ballets Russes (2005), which was recognized as one of the top five documentaries of 2005 by the National Society of Film Critics and the National Board of Review, appearing on a dozen critical top-ten lists, including Time Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter, the San Francisco Chronicle and Slate; Now and Then: From Frosh to Seniors, which premiered theatrically in October 1999 and aired on PBS in October 2000 as the lead program of the Independent Lens series; Kids of Survival: The Art and Life of Tim Rollins + K.O.S. (1996), a feature-length documentary about the South Bronx-based art group, which aired on Cinemax in September 1998 and was the recipient of two national Emmy Awards; Frosh: Nine Months in a Freshman Dorm (1994); and, the award-winning Isadora Duncan: Movement from the Soul (1988).

Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine were admitted to the Documentary Branch of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2014.

Alan Light, Consulting Producer

Alan Light is the author of The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah.” A long-time music journalist and the co-host of Debatable, a daily music talk show on Sirius XM, he has written numerous other books, including Let's Go Crazy: Prince and the Making of Purple Rain and What Happened, Miss Simone? Alan is the former Editor-in-Chief of Vibe and Spin magazines, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the Wall Street Journal.

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