The Velvet Underground to be subject of new Todd Haynes documentary

The Apple TV+ film will feature "a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances"

The Velvet Underground are set to be the subject of a new documentary directed by Todd Haynes.

Titled The Velvet Underground, the film was directed/co-produced by Haynes and will premiere on Apple TV+. A release date has not yet been announced.

According to a press release, the documentary will contain conversations with “key players” who were around Lou Reed and co. at the time, while offering up “a treasure trove of never-before-seen performances and a rich collection of recordings, Warhol films, and other experimental art”.


The Velvet Underground was produced by Polygram Entertainment, Motto Pictures, and Killer Films, in association with Federal Films. Christine Vachon, Julie Goldman, Christopher Clements, Carolyn Hepburn, and David Blackman served as producers.

Haynes, whose directing credits include Velvet Goldmine (1998) and I’m Not There (2007), was revealed to be working on The Velvet Underground back in 2017. The filmmaker said at the time that the documentary would be “an intensely visual experience” (via Variety).

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