Red Carpet: Mary McCartney at 58th Chicago Intl. Film Fest

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CHICAGO – The final studio album from The Beatles was entitled “Abbey Road,” which was named after the studio they recorded their run of now-iconic musical history. That history and more about the studio is highlighted in the new documentary “If These Walls Could Sing.” The doc is directed by Mary McCartney, daughter of Paul.

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) presented “If These Walls Could Sing” on October 21st and 22nd. For over 90 years, Abbey Road Studios has been the heart of the music industry. Fans journey every year to have their photo taken at the world-famous zebra crossing – where The Beatles were photographed for the cover of “Abbey Road” – and artists strive to follow in the footsteps of their heroes.

Mary McCartney of ‘If These Walls Could Sing’
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

In this personal film of memory and discovery, Mary McCartney guides us through the decades to see and experience the creative magic that makes it the most prominent and longest-running studio in the world. From classical to pop, film scores to hip-hop, “If These Walls Could Sing” explores the breadth, diversity, and ingenuity of Abbey Road Studios. Featuring Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, John Williams, Celeste, and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, among others.

Mary McCartney followed in her mother’s footsteps as a photographer, but is also a notable vegan chef, with two cookbooks and the host of a Discovery+ series “Mary McCartney Serves it Up.” She is also the mother of four children. In Paul McCartney’s first solo album “McCartney” (1970) – recorded at his home as The Beatles were breaking up – the back cover art features Paul and his newly born daughter Mary.

Mary and Paul McCartney on the Back Cover of the Album ‘McCartney’
Photo credit: Apple Records

Patrick McDonald interviews Mary McCartney on the Red Carpet at the 58th Chicago International and during the Q&A …

The 58th Chicago International Film Festival runs through the October 23rd, 2022. Click for tickets, schedules and details. senior staff writer Patrick McDonald

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