Director Ron Chapman spoke before the U.S. premiere of his fascinating documentary about the man behind music’s biggest world tours.
Featuring Bono, Sting, Madonna, Andy Summers, Lady Gaga and the Rolling Stones, among others, the film goes behind the scenes as Fogel outwits Bill Graham to produce the Stones’ first megatour, including a venue in the Bay Area where the legendary promoter ruled with an iron fist.
It also shows the years of preparation for U2’s ill-fated 360º Tour, which featured concerts in the round with a specially engineered structure that straddled the stage to hold amps, lights and LCD displays. The tour had just gotten started when it had to be postponed because Bono had sustained a back injury.
Another highlight of the festival so far was the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series, a program of five short films all created from the same one-page script by Oscar-winning screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher (“Precious”).
Fletcher presented the films, which showed a great diversity of vision with essentially the same dialogue. The idea is, filmmakers around the globe take the same minimal dialogue and submit treatments that show how they would make it into a five-minute movie. The best ideas are awarded $50,000 each for production costs, and the results can be seen here.
Don’t forget: “Young Turks” screens Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 10:45 p.m., and there will be a reception beforehand with drink specials and more.Downtown Independent
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