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With one of the greatest lineups ever assembled — Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, The Who, Kanye West, Jon Bon Jovi, and Alicia Keys — this extraordinary concert film documents the event that would raise over 30 million dollars to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Following the screening, we are honoured to welcome concert co-organizer Harvey Weinstein for a live discussion.
New York City has a special place in the
hearts of musicians and performers. It's a
place of inspiration, discovery and validation.
So when Hurricane Sandy dealt a blow
to that hallowed ground, the entertainment
community rallied behind the city by putting
on a show at Madison Square Garden
on the date of 12-12-12. This documentary
captures the incredible gathering of talent
that turned up on stage and behind the
scenes. In this special Mavericks presentation,
the film will be followed by a live
conversation with one of the key figures
behind the production, Harvey Weinstein.
We're used to seeing concerts where
the headline act is preceded by up-and-comers.
The Concert for Sandy Relief was
more like one headline act after another: Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band,
The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jon Bon
Jovi, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys, Kanye
West, Billy Joel, and on
and on. Even beyond that, the occasion
prompted some one-of-a-kind moments:
Roger Waters and Eddie Vedder trading
verses on "Comfortably Numb"; R.E.M.'s
Michael Stipe performing with Coldplay's
Chris Martin; Adam Sandler making up his
own lyrics to a classic Leonard Cohen song,
rhyming "Hallelujah" with "Sandy, screw
ya." Other boldface names (Chris Rock,
Jon Stewart, Martha Stewart, and Whoopi
Goldberg, to name a few) make appearances
and staff the phone banks in support
of the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
Backstage, we get to observe the troubleshooting
of the event's producers James
Dolan, John Sykes, and Harvey Weinstein.
Let's just say these three are not men you'd
want to disappoint. They know how to put
on one helluva show.
Please note: in the printed Festival programme guide, Sir Paul McCartney is listed as appearing in person. However, due to a scheduling conflict he will not be able to attend.