The film comes from writer-directors Joel and Ethan Coen and is set around the 1961 Greenwich Village folk scene. At the Cannes Film Festival, it won the Grand Prix Award. The film stars Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Justin Timberlake, and John Goodman. The film also marks the fourth time that the Coen brothers have worked with music producer T. Bone Burnett. The Coens and Scott Rudin produced the film.
A concert, titled “Another Day, Another Time,” celebrating the music of the film is set to take place on September 29, 2013, at the The Town Hall in New York City. In addition to the cast, the musicians set to perform are The Avett Brothers, Joan Baez, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Lake Street Dive, Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, The Milk Carton Kids, Marcus Mumford, Conor Oberst, Punch Brothers, Dave Rawlings Machine, The Secret Sisters, Patti Smith, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, and Jack White.
The Coens based the film on Dave Van Ronk’s memoir, The Mayor of MacDougal Street, posthumously published in 2005.