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Paul McCartney documentary to premiere at Toronto film festival

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  • By: Mike Kovacich

Set in October 2001, acclaimed documentary maker Albert Maysles follows Paul McCartney around New York as he prepares for a 9/11 memorial concert.

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Mike Kovacich

Athough this documentary is airing on US Cable tv on Showtime, it's world premier will be on Friday, September 9th at the famous Toronto International Film Festival. If all goes well, we wil be there to do a review of this documentary. Stay tuned in this space, here at Until then here is some info on the film.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Paul McCartney was in New York City on an air­port runway waiting to fly to Britain. As he absorbed the news of the unfolding tragedy, he wondered, “What can I do?” The answer, of course, lay in music.

McCartney reached out to master docu­mentarian and long-time friend Albert Maysles, inviting Maysles to document his personal experiences on 16mm black and white film, a format seldom used in the digi­tal age but of proven endurance and artistic quality. Over several weeks in October 2001, Maysles’ camera followed McCartney as he prepared for The Concert for New York City, a benefit he helped organize to uplift New York City during this period of uncertainty and vulnerability. The footage went unseen for years, requiring the passage of time to be put in perspective. Now, ten years later, Maysles, his directing partner Bradley Kaplan and editor Ian Markiewicz have emerged with an intimate work that explores the role of art and artists in a time of crisis.

This Mavericks event presents the world premiere of The Love We Make, followed by a live discussion with Maysles, Kaplan and members of their production team. McCartney, who can’t attend the Festival due to prior commitments, has pre-recorded an exclusive introduction to the film.

McCartney’s choice of Maysles renews a connection that dates back when The Beatles’ first trip to America in 1964. Albert and his brother David captured that historic visit in their pioneering observational style on 16mm black and white film for What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.

Trained as a psychologist, Maysles has an uncanny ability to get beneath the surface of the people he films. That is put to good use in post-9/11 New York. We follow McCartney onstage and backstage at Madison Square Garden, as a who’s who of celebrities puts on a show. Inside this event, Maysles reveals a more candid side of individuals as they process a mix of anxiety and resilience in the aftermath of September 11.

Screening Times

  1. Friday September 9 - AMC 7 - 9:15pm

Director's Bio

Albert Maysles was born in Boston. He studied at Syracuse University and Boston University. His films include Meet Marlon Brando (65), Salesman (68), Gimme Shelter (70), Grey Gardens (75) and The Beales of Grey Gardens (06), all of which were co-directed with his brother David Maysles, and The Love We Make (11), co-directed by Bradley Kaplan.

Bradley Kaplan graduated from Brown University. He directed the television documentaries Muhammad and Larry (09), More Than a Paycheck: Hardest Working Americans (10) and Close Up: Photographers at Work – “Portraits” (11). He is the co-director, with Albert Maysles, of The Love We Make (11).

Film Information

The Love We Make; directed by Bradley Kaplan and Albert Maysles

Country: USA
Year: 2011
Language: English
Runtime: 94 minutes
Format: HDCAM
Executive Producer: Paul McCartney
Producer: Bradley Kaplan, Laura Coxson, Susan Froemke, Ian Markiewicz, Katie Sorohan
Production Company: Maysles Films, Inc.
Principal Cast: Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bill Clinton, Billy Joel, Pete Townshend
Cinematographer: Albert Maysles
Editor: Ian Markiewicz
Sound: Peter Miller
Music: Paul McCartney, Jay-Z, Elton John, James Taylor, The Who


Last Updated: 08/24/11 12:35

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chung shi shoes News article: Paul McCartney documentary to premiere at Toronto film festival - Wednesday, August 24, 2011    MACCA-Central, The Paul McCartney FUNsite
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You go Paul,you are a true ,you are a true humanitarian.
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Set in October 2001, acclaimed documentary maker Albert Maysles follows Paul McCartney around New York as he prepares for a 9/11 memorial concert.