Like a fly on the wall, capturing the behind-the-scenes look at the mammoth Superstorm Sandy relief fundraiser.
This is unlike any concert film you've ever seen. Besides putting you in the front row of performances by some of the royalty of music, it captures the moments we didn’t see on tv- the backstage moments of stars meeting stars- artists preparing for their performances. Seeing Paul McCartney’s pre-concert rituals (a manicure???!!! Who knew!!) are an eye-opener. It’ priceless seeing McCartney watch the performances that preceded his own.
Roger Daltry, Roger Waters, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock and Kanye West are just a few of the featured. More revealing was what it took to organize an event of that magnitude a mere month and change after the disaster that hit the New York City area. Not an easy fete- even when the organizers are powerbrokers John Sykes (an MTV and VH1 co- founder and now god of Clear Channel Media & Entertainment), film mogul Harvey Weinstein and Cablevision CEO and New York Knicks owner James (don’t f-with him) Dolan. Trust me, you don’t want to make this guy angry!!
The film has some tender moments. I melted seeing the late James Gandolfini answering the telethon phones . Also riveting: watching the director of the televised show, whose job is like the conductor of an orchestra.
Best of all: mission accomplished. Over 50-million dollar raised and distributed by The Robin Hood Foundation to help local groups deal with the aid at the ground zero level.