US Premiere

Following the screening, watch a special conversation with executive producers Mark Ronson and Morgan Neville moderated by AFI Festivals Director of Programming Sarah Harris.

Grammy®-award winning producer Mark Ronson is your guide in this entertaining and deep dive docuseries about sound creation and the revolutionary technology shaping modern music. Whether geeking out with the Linndrum inventor and the creators of the TR-808 or revisiting the creative process from pop’s biggest influences, Ronson leads us on an exploration of the powerful tools, techniques and discovery that has shaped our culture. AD-Rock and Mike D from the Beastie Boys, David Grohl, Questlove and King Princess and others join in on the fun too, with discussions on the legacy of drum machines and the divisiveness of autotune. The result is an essential mix tape (or playlist) for the ages. AFI DOCS is proud to host the U.S. premiere of three episodes from Apple TV+’s latest series, WATCH THE SOUND WITH MARK RONSON: “Autotune,” “Sampling,” “Drum Machine.” –Sarah Harris

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect with filmmakers and audience members, here.

Episode 102 “Sampling” – MORGAN NEVILLE
Morgan Neville is a cultural documentarian whose 2018 film WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? is one of the best-reviewed and highest-grossing documentaries of all time. His 2013 film 20 FEET FROM STARDOM won the Academy Award® for Best Documentary. He has also directed several TV series, including SHANGRI-LA, ABSTRACT and UGLY DELICIOUS.

Episode 105 “Drum Machines” – MARK MONROE
Mark Monroe is an award-winning documentary writer, director and producer, and is a co-founder of Diamond Docs. A two-time WGA award winner and BAFTA nominee, his film credits include writing the Academy Award® winners THE COVE and ICARUS, as well as the Grammy®-winning THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK.

Episode 101 “Autotune” – JASON ZELDES
Jason Zeldes is a documentary director and editor. He edited the Academy Award®-winning 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, which also earned him an ACE Award. He then cut RACING EXTINCTION, THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS and THEY’LL LOVE ME WHEN I’M DEAD. His directing credits include ROMEO IS BLEEDING, ABSTRACT and SONG EXPLODER.


Country: USA

Year: 2021

Directors: Jason Zeldes (101 "Autotune"), Morgan Neville (102 "Sampling), Mark Monroe (105 "Drum Machines")

Executive Producers: Mark Ronson, Morgan Neville, Mark Monroe, Jason Zeldes, Kim Rozenfeld

Directors of Photography: Episode 101 "Autotune": Nathan Salter, Mark Schwartzbard, Episode 102 "Sampling": Catherine Goldschmidt, Graham Willoughby, Nathan Salter, Episode 105 "Drum Machines": Graham Willoughby

Editors: Editors: Episode 101 "Autotune": Helen Kearns, Lee Rosch, Lauren Saffa; Episode 102 "Sampling": Lee Rosch, Aaron Naar Lee Rosch, Lauren Saffa; Episode 105 "Drum Machines": Quin O'Brien, Helen Kearns, Aaron Naar

Music: Daniel Wohl, Jon Lloyd

Featuring: Mark Ronson

Running Time (minutes): 105

Language: English