The new documentary about the historic, star-studded benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Sandy, held last December at New York City's Madison Square Garden, will gets its theatrical release in New York City and Los Angeles in the coming month. The film, titled 12-12-12, offers a behind-the-scenes look at how the musical extravaganza came together, as well as featuring highlights from the show, which took place on December 12, 2012.
The concert's jaw-dropping lineup included Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel and Bon Jovi. The event also featured a number of surprise onstage collaborations, such as McCartney performing with the surviving members of Nirvana, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters duetting with Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Coldplay's Chris Martin teaming up with R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe. The show ended up raising more than $50 million for the Robin Hood Foundation, which distributed the funds to those affected by the devastating storm. Proceeds raised by the movie also will go to the organization.
A special premiere event is scheduled to take place on October 28 -- the eve of the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy hitting the Tri-State area -- at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. Many of the performers who participated in the 12-12-12 concert, as well as people hit hard by the hurricane, will be invited to attend. Public screenings of the movie will begin on November 1 in New York and L.A.
Jim Dolan, Harvey Weinstein and John Sykes, the benefit show's producers, said in a joint statement, "12-12-12 was one of the most remarkable events Madison Square Garden has hosted in its 134-year history…but if you thought the concert was wild, wait until you see what happened backstage that night. This film takes you behind the walls of Madison Square Garden and into the production areas and dressing rooms of the biggest recording artists in the world to see firsthand how a massive event like 12-12-12 was created."
McCartney is one of the executive producers of the 12-12-12 documentary, which was first shown last month at the Toronto International Film Festival.
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