The film, which is set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, offers a glimpse inside the Sound City studio in Van Nuys, Calif. It also explores how albums were once recorded versus how they are developed today.
Released via Twitter, the preview features portions of interviews with such legendary artists as Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty, Neil Young and Grohl, who asks, "In this age of technology, when you can manipulate anything, how do we retain that human element?”
"As a first-time director, I am humbled to be able to share my passion for songwriting and storytelling with this incredible cast of legendary musicians, as seen through the extraordinary story of America's greatest unsung recording studio, Sound City," Grohl said in a statement. "Being included in this group of artists is a true honor, and the Sundance Film Festival is the perfect place to premiere a film about craft, integrity and passion for art. I am over the moon!"
Grohl was inspired to make the film after purchasing a 8028 recording console from the legendary recording studio. The multitalented icon announced he would be working on the film in May by releasing a hand-written statement.
From the time Sound City opened in 1970 to its closing in May 2011, the studio was used by numerous well-known artists and bands like Cheap Trick, Guns N' Roses, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica. While a drummer for Nirvana, Grohl recorded the album "Nevermind" at Sound City in 1991.
As Spin magazine reported last month, Grohl is currently hosing "Dave Grohl Presents Sound City," a weekly radio show on SiriusXM that will air temporarily in conjunction with the film.
This isn't the first time Grohl has appeared on screen; the famed musician had a cameo in the 2006 comedy "Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny," as well as last year's "The Muppets."
The 2011, the Foo Fighters released the documentary "Back and Forth," which traces the band's rise to fame and chronicles the development of their album "Wasting Light."
The Sundance Film Festival will run Jan. 17-27.