Beasties Cull Fan Footage For Documentary
ThinkFilm has nabbed worldwide rights to "Awesome: I F***in' Shot That," a kaleidoscopic Beastie Boys concert documentary shot mainly by 50 fans on hand-held Hi8 cameras at New York's Madison Square GThinkFilm has nabbed worldwide rights to "Awesome: I F***in' Shot That," a kaleidoscopic Beastie Boys concert documentary shot mainly by 50 fans on hand-held Hi8 cameras at New York's Madison Square Garden, according to president and CEO Jeff Sackman.
The film was directed by Beasties rapper Adam "MCA" Yauch, using his favorite alter-ego, Nathaniel Hornblower. "Frantic" is the word Yauch used to describe the footage, which he assembled from material recorded Oct. 9, 2004, by fans, six Beasties friends using DV cameras and two high-quality tour video cameras offering bird's-eye and long-distance views.
Yauch and Jon Doran produced the project via their Oscilloscope Films for about $1 million, which is likely to rise as music rights are cleared. The film has been submitted to Sundance in hopes that it can raise its profile on the festival circuit before a spring release.
"Pre-production was like three days," said Yauch, who was inspired by logging on to message boards where his young fans posted. "Some kid put up video from his phone at eight frames a second," he said, and that inspired his low-res video/high-quality audio vision. None of the 50 cameras was lost to fans, Yauch said, "but granted, we took their driver's licenses."
As previously reported, the Beastie Boys compilation "Solid Gold Hits" will be released Nov. 8 via Capitol. Asked to comment on speculation that the album's release could signal that the Beasties are breaking up, Yauch simply replied, "That's not true."