On September 21st, 2007, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Martin Scorsese and the world's greatest rock 'n roll band, The Rolling Stones, unite to bring audiences the most extraordinary musical film event of the year. That's the day Paramount Classics, in association with Concert Productions International and Shangri-La Entertainment, will release Shine A Light, a look at The Rolling Stones, the band that defined the very idea of what a rock & roll band is, live through the eyes of Martin Scorsese. The concert film will be released nationally on September 21st. Fortissimo Films is the international sales agent.
It's hard to overestimate the importance of The Rolling Stones in rock & roll history. The group, which formed in London in 1962, distilled so much of the music that had come before it and has exerted a decisive influence on so much that has come after. Only a handful of musicians in any genre achieve that stature, and the Stones stand proudly among them.
For Shine A Light, which was filmed over two days at the intimate Beacon Theater in New York City in fall 2006, Scorsese assembled a legendary team of cinematographers to capture the raw energy of the legendary band. The Director of Photography, Oscar winner Robert Richardson (The Aviator, JFK), supervised the camera team comprised of several highly acclaimed cinematographers, including Oscar winner John Toll (The Last Samurai, Braveheart), Oscar winner Andrew Lesnie ("The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, King Kong), Oscar nominee Stuart Dryburgh (The Piano, The Painted Veil), Oscar nominee Robert Elswit (Magnolia, Good Night, And Good Luck.), Oscar nominee Emmanuel Lubezki (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, Sleepy Hollow) and Ellen Kuras (Summer of Sam, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind). The film was edited by David Tedeschi, who most recently worked with Scorsese on the acclaimed Bob Dylan documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.