Lee Tergesen plays a sound engineer named Neal in "Session
Man," which won an Academy Award in 1992 for Best
Short Film, Live Action.
The film aired as part of a series of 30-minute movies on the
Showtime cable network in conjunction with Chanticleer Films'
Discovery Program, which produced award-winning short films from
The session man of the title is McQueen (played by James Remar --
Richard from "Sex in the City"), who gets called late one
night to do "a job." He's not a hit man, but an ace
guitarist who's never quite made it big with his own band. He's a
wizard playing sessions with other musicians and is making a decent
living at it.
McQueen is called in to this session because a supergroup is
having personal and professional differences cutting its latest
album. Lee-as-Neal is in the sound booth, helping to record the
band. He has a line
or two -- explaining to McQueen that the band members hate each other.
You can also see him in the background a lot.
When the band's guitarist quits, McQueen steps in and nails the
song (and looks very much like The Band's Robbie Robertson while
doing so.) The other band members love him. He thinks he's finally
made it. Then the original guitarist returns, apologizes, he's back
in the band. The session man goes home but with the quiet confidence
that he knows he can make it with the big bands.