The new Martin Scorcese-directed Rolling Stones concert film, “Shine A Light”, will be released in a record 93 IMAX theaters domestically this Friday, April 4, simultaneously with the film’s wide release in traditional theaters. The picture will also be released in IMAX theaters internationally during the days and weeks following the domestic launch. Countries include Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
“IMAX puts you right in the center of every action and every move – it’s as if you are right there on stage with the band,” Scorsese said in a statement. “I’ve always loved looking at IMAX, but to see these images of the Rolling Stones on the biggest canvas is something else all together.” The movie was filmed, using 17 cinematographers, at the Beacon Theatre in New York in the fall of 2006 at a 60th birthday celebration of President Bill Clinton.
IMAX’s most successful concert film to date has been the Rolling Stones’ “Live at the MAX” released in 1991.
“Shine A Light” was financed by Steve Bing’s Shangri-La Entertainment and longtime Rolling Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl’s Concert Promotions International, and produced by Victoria Pearman, Michael Cohl, Zane Weiner and Bing. The executive producers are Stones members Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood, with Jane Rose, Keith Richards’ manager, serving as co-executive producer. The film was edited by David Tedeschi, who most recently worked with Scorsese on the acclaimed Bob Dylan documentary “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan.”