Current & Upcoming Films
PAUL McCARTNEY: THE LOVE WE MAKE
Ben Fong-Torres, The Roxie and The Recording Academy San Francisco Chapter present Paul McCartney: THE LOVE WE MAKE, a film by Albert Maysles. Introduction by Ben Fong-Torres in support of MusiCares, Friday, December 16 @ 7:00. Only. Admission = 12.00
Fri, Dec 16 - Thursday, Dec 22
With a special introduction by Ben Fong-Torres on Friday, December 16 at 7:00, The Roxie is delighted to present THE LOVE WE MAKE. Directed by Albert Maysles & Bradley Kaplan, THE LOVE WE MAKE follows Paul McCartney through the streets of New York City in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks as he organizes an all-star benefit concert, The Concert for New York City.
Paul McCartney has been named by The Recording Academy as MusiCares 2012 Person of the Year in recognition of his singular creative accomplishments as well as his charitable work, which has included an extraordinary range of philanthropic activities over the years. In support of these efforts, $2 of each specially priced $12.00 ticket sold will be donated by The Roxie to MusiCares, a charitable foundation that focuses on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. (For more info visit www.MusiCares.org).
On the morning of September 11, 2001 McCartney was in a plane on the tarmac, about to leave NYC when the attacks occurred. Grounded, he returned to the city and witnessed first-hand the shock and devastation that overtook New York. Directors Maysles and Kaplan capture McCartney rehearsing with his band for the concert, connecting with New Yorkers on the streets, and behind-the-scenes at interviews with Dan Rather, Howard Stern and others. The film features performances from the concert itself, with unparalleled access backstage to McCartney and such luminaries as David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stella McCartney, Governor George Pataki, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Pete Townshend, and many more. A Film by Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan. USA, Color and B&W, 94 mins, Digital.
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“An intimate and off-the-cuff look at former Beatle Paul McCartney.”
– Steve Dollar, The Wall Street Journal
“A myriad of gorgeous performances by McCartney himself, including I’m Down and Let It Be, a valuable asset for any fan. THE LOVE WE MAKE also includes performances by David Bowie, James Taylor, Jay-Z, The Who, and Mick Jagger and Keith, just to name a few. In fact, an entire segment of the film could simply be titled ‘Paul McCartney Hangs Out With Celebrities” for the plethora of boldface names who stop by the greenroom to chat (Harvey Weinstein, Bill Clinton, Jim Carrey, and Steve Buscemi are just the first few names that come to mind).”
– Sarah Lerner, The L Magazine
“Captures McCartney in his laid-back ambassador mode, walking around in midtown and turning big names into awestruck fanboys. There’s famous and then there’s Beatles famous, and the love Macca inspires in everybody from janitors to James Taylor is super-heroic. To see him unleashing his papal celebrity on New Yorkers still licking their psychic wounds is to witness someone take a sad city and try to make it momentarily better.”
– David Fear, Time Out New York
“One of the most chipper responses to tragedy you are ever likely to experience… The film’s choicest moments, however, occur not on the stage but on the streets of Manhattan and in the performance hall’s back rooms. Bradley Kaplan and the legendary Albert Maysles present a man of unflinching graciousness… Captured mostly in gorgeous black and white, THE LOVE WE MAKE is alternately trite, touching, funny and fascinating.”
– Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times
“Extremely moving. A delicate portrait of a man with an extraordinarily youthful energy and enthusiasm for music, people and life. The Maysles set the cinema verité standard with their ability to get close to their subjects simply via canny observation without intrusion. That tradition is honored here above all in the unguarded glimpses of McCartney himself.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
A candid look at the life of a Beatle well into AARP age. You can’t help but think that the guy sounds pretty damn good belting out the first line from ‘I’m Down.’ This documentary actually takes us back, not to the horror of (9/11) but to the hopeful, rebuilding part, and that’s equally as important to remember.”
– Claire Zulkey, The Onion