It’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy came ashore in New Jersey and devastated countless families in the Tri-State area and elsewhere. A little more than a month later, some of rock’s all-time biggest acts and a few of today’s hitmakers hit the Madison Square Garden stage to raise money for victims of the superstorm. The Concert for Sandy Relief — spearheaded by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman Jim Dolan, and Clear Channel Entertainment President John Sykes — was televised around the world, and now it’s coming to the big screen. Amir Bar-Lev and Charlie Lightening directed 12-12-12, which premiered at Toronto. It’s produced by Meghan O’Hara and exec produced by Paul McCartney, who teamed with the surviving members of Nirvana that night, and Scott Rodger. The Weinstein Company‘s documentary looks behind the scenes at the show that featured a dream bill ranging from The Rolling Stones, The Who, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Bon Jovi, Kanye West and Alicia Keys. All box office profits from the docu’s theatrical run, which starts on November 15 in LA and NYC, will go to the relief fund. Here’s the trailer:
The Weinstein Company will release the superstorm Sandy benefit docu 12-12-12 in NY and LA theaters on November 1. TWC will also hold a New York premiere screening of the film on October 28, the eve of the one-year anniversary when Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The pic features a behind-the-scenes look at the show which took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012. Spearheaded by TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein, Madison Square Garden Executive Chairman Jim Dolan, and Clear Channel Entertainment President John Sykes, the concert featured performances by some of the music industry’s most iconic acts including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and others and helped to raise over $50 million in one night for the Robin Hood Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. All box office profits from the documentary’s theatrical run also will go to the relief fund which supports organizations helping victims in the affected states. 12-12-12 was produced by Amir Bar-Lev, Charlie Lightening and Meghan O’Hara. Victoria Parker was the executive in charge of the project at TWC and Paul McCartney and Scott Roger are executive producers of the film, which recently held its world premiere at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. The televised concert, 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief, was also nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award.
UPDATE: The concert film played strongly at Toronto, with a standing ovation at its conclusion.
EARLIER: After burning the midnight oil collaring the music-themed John Carney film Can A Song Save Your Life?, Harvey Weinstein will try to rebound tonight for more music when he engages in a panel discussion after tonight’s premiere of 12.12.12 with James Dolan and John Sykes (his accomplices in organizing the concert that raised $50 million for victims of Hurricane Sandy) and documentary producers Amir Bar-Lev and Meghan O’ Hara. The pic chronicles the televised concert that was pulled together very quickly and headlined Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Billy Joel, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Roger Waters, Eddie Vedder, Chris Martin, Michael Stipe, Adam Sandler, Eric Clapton, Jon Bon Jovi, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Kanye West. The film premieres 8 PM at the Winter Garden Theater.
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The star-filled concert will be widely shown on TV and streamed online — but this should provide an opportunity for fans who don’t have a ticket to the Madison Square Garden event to enjoy a communal experience with immersive video and sound. National CineMedia will provide a feed of the 12-12-12 benefit over its Digital Broadcast Network to more than 200 Cinemark, Century and Tinseltown theaters. They’ll show it live beginning at 7:30 ET, and charge about the same price the venue would for a child’s movie ticket with all proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. The concert will feature Alicia Keys, Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Kanye West, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Paul McCartney. Other chains including Clearview and National Amusements also will show the concert in some theaters, but Cinemark appears to be committing the most venues. Read More »