Under the Volcano

Australia, Feature Documentary, 2021, 90 min

Featuring Sting, Jimmy Buffet, Stevie Wonder, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Dire Straits, The Police, Sir Elton John, Earth, Wind & Fire, and many more.

Constructed by Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin in 1979, AIR Studios Montserrat was a custom-built, state-of-the-art recording facility tucked away on a Caribbean paradise. In the shadow of an active volcano, the studio not only attracted the biggest musical talent on the planet but was also the birthplace of mega-hits such as “Money for Nothing” and “Every Breath You Take.” For a decade, AIR Montserrat formed the backdrop to monumental events in music history, including the break-up of The Police, the reunion of The Rolling Stones and the reinvigoration of Paul McCartney after the tragic murder of John Lennon. After a decade of hits, and at the peak of its popularity, the studio was destroyed when the island was hit by a series of devastating natural disasters. Through personal accounts and backed by a blistering soundtrack, Under the Volcano is the definitive account of George Martin’s studio at the end of the world, a place that generated a perfect storm of talent, technology and isolation, ushering in music that would live on long after the last tape rolled.

Directed by Gracie Otto

Colorado Premiere

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Venues: The Boulder Theater; Grace Commons Church, 1820 15th Street; Boulder High; Cinemark Century Boulder, 1700 29th St.; eTown Hall; Longmont Museum’s Stewart Auditorium