The long-gestating RollingStones documentary, which Martin Scorsese recently joined as director, hasstarted shooting in New York with Paramount Pictures on board as domesticdistributor and Fortissimo Films handling international rights.
Scorsese, hot off thebiggest box office hit of his career in The Departed, is working with an award-winning camera team tocapture The Rolling Stones concerts at the Beacon Theatre last Sunday andtonight (Nov 1).
The two concerts, part ofthe "A Bigger Bang" tour, form the heart of the film, which will also featurehistorical and current behind-the-scenes footage and interviews, along with anintroduction by former president Bill Clinton.
Legendary documentaristAlbert Maysles is among those working on the backstage coverage, whileOscar-winning cinematographer Robert Richardson (The Aviator, JFK) is supervising the camera team in the auditorium.
The award-winning rosterof DoPs - operating 16 35mm and one Genesis Hi Def cameras -includes some of the biggest names in the business: Mitch Amundsen (Mission:Impossible 3), Stuart Dryburgh (ThePiano), Robert Elswit (Good NightAnd Good Luck), Ellen Kuras, AndrewLesnie, Emmanuel Lubezki, Anastas Michos, Declan Quinn and John Toll.
They will shoot more thanhalf-a-million feet of film at the Beacon, using additional Hi-Def, DV Cam,16mm and 8mm cameras to capture the behind-the-scenes footage.
Fortissimo's Michael J.Werner and Wouter Barendrecht hosted a group of international distributors atSunday night's concert, including buyers from Australia, Japan, France, SouthAfrica and South Korea, as they were en route to the AFM.
Financed by Steve Bing'sShangri-La Entertainment and long-time Stones Tour Promoter Michael Cohl'sConcert Promotions International, the as-yet-untitled film is scheduled forrelease in the fourth quarter of next year.
Producers are MichaelCohl, Steve Bing, Zane Weiner and Victoria Pearman. Executive producersare Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood,with Jane Rose as co-executive producer.
The film will be edited byDavid Tedeschi, who most recently worked with Scorsese on the acclaimed BobDylan documentary, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.
The Rolling Stones made aportion of the tickets for Sunday night's show available to the ClintonFoundation to support President Clinton's work around the nation and the world.
With the support ofpartners and volunteers, the Clinton Foundation is involved in the fightagainst HIV/AIDS, global warming, childhood obesity, and other issues.