Director Morgan Neville in attendance
In the hills of Malibu lies a minimalist and Zenlike recording studio run by legendary music producer Rick Rubin. Shangri-La, as the iconic estate is known, exists as a retreat for eclectic artists as they collaborate with Rubin on their creative process.
From filmmaker Morgan Neville comes a docuseries following Rubin’s music career, which began in the 1980s as co-founder of Def Jam Records. His work launched artists like Public Enemy, Beastie Boys and Run DMC, and has earned him multiple Grammy Awards from productions with Adele, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks.
SHANGRI-LA shares Rubin’s story and the emotional journey of making music. With appearances from Tyler the Creator, The Avett Brothers and David Lynch, these two episodes explore ideas on meditation, creativity and the pursuit of great artistry. –Sarah Harris
Morgan Neville is an Academy Award®-winning documentary filmmaker. For over twenty years, he has been making films about music and cultural subjects, including TROUBADOURS, SEARCH AND DESTROY, and three Grammy-nominated films: RESPECT YOURSELF: THE STAX RECORDS STORY, MUDDY WATERS CAN’T BE SATISFIED and JOHNNY CASH’S AMERICA. His non-music films include THE COOL SCHOOL, STEINBECK and SHOTGUN FREEWAY: DRIVES THRU LOST L.A. In 2014, 20 FEET FROM STARDOM, won numerous accolades, including the 2014 Academy Award® for Best Documentary. Most recently, Best of Enemies won an Emmy Award® for Best Historical Documentary at the 2017 News and Documentary Emmy Awards.
Jeff Malmberg is a documentary filmmaker based in California. His film MARWENCOL has won over 25 international awards, including two Film Independent Spirit Awards and Best Documentary of the Year from the Boston Society of Film Critics. In 2017, Malmberg directed the award-winning documentary SPETTACOLO with his partner Chris Shellen. It was supported by a Guggenheim Fellowship and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Creative Capital, Sundance Documentary Fund and the Tribeca Film Institute. In 2018, Malmberg edited the acclaimed documentary WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? He is currently working on a new project through Tremolo Productions and working as a creative advisor for the Sundance and Film Independent documentary labs.