Sly & the Family Stone.
And The Yardbirds, yes with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
The six legendary bands performed at Staples High School in Westport, Conn., in 1966-68.
This is the focus of the documentary, “The High School That Rocked!”
It will screen tonight at the KiMo Theatre, which is hosting a block of shorts as part of the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience.
“The film captures a unique moment in time, one that is highly unlikely to ever happen again,” says Fred Cantor, a producer on the film.
Cantor is a 1971 graduate of Staples High School and helped produce the 27-minute film.
He found Casey Denton, who was in college at the time, to direct the film.
Cantor says the documentary tells the stories about the bands’ activities while they were in Westport.
“A local family had The Yardbirds over, serving them tea,” he says.
Cantor says there’s also a piece with a pre-fame Steven Tyler, who was known as Steven Tallarico, as he opened for The Yardbirds.
Cantor says he wanted to make the documentary because he wasn’t allowed to attend the concerts.
“My parents were strict about me going out,” he says with a laugh. “My friends and I missed all of the concerts.”
Cantor says the film has screened at other film festivals.
And the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience piqued his interest.
“The festival is about film and music,” he says. “It’s right up the alley of the film. I think those two mediums work well together.”
Cantor says completing the documentary is an accomplishment for his team.
“I’ve had the idea in my head for more than 10 years,” he says. “What we wanted to present was a documentary through the eyes of the fans. What happened in Westport was very special, and it’s a moment captured in time.”
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