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Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage Canadian premiere

Thu, Apr 29, 2010@1:02PM | comments removed/disabled

UPDATE - 5/11@10:50AM: The film came in 6th in the voting for the Hot Docs Audience Award (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/10@10:07AM: Here's a great Flickr photo gallery of the Hot Docs premiere (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/6@4:46PM: Here's a review from the Documentary Blog (thanks snowdog2112 at The Rush Forum). As of yesterday the documentary is 2nd in the running for the 2010 HotDocs Audience Award (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/2@4:03PM: More photos here (thanks RushFanForever).

UPDATE - 5/2@1:22PM: Here are 2 more (clip 1, clip 2), much longer clips from the after-screening Q&A (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 5/2@10:21AM: Here's 2 glowing reviews from non-Rush-fans. This one is from the No Future Face blog and here's one from (at about the 3:40 mark). This is a nice video covering the opening night gala at which includes a good bit of coverage of Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage and here's a photo gallery at the Hot Docs website from opening night. There are also a bunch of great photos at the Hot Docs Facebook group page. Thanks to RushFanForever for the above links/info.

UPDATE - 5/1@10:51AM: And here is a clip of the after-screening Q&A along with some photos (thanks Alexfan).

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UPDATE - 5/1@10:12AM: Here's a video from the Hot Docs YouTube channel which includes footage and short interview clips with filmmakers Sam and Scott, and Geddy and Alex (thanks RushFanForever).

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UPDATE - 4/30@3:17PM: Pegi Cecconi of Anthem and Hugh Syme were there as well according to The Canadian Music Scene. They also have a couple of great photos posted including one with Terry Brown (far left), Hugh Syme (middle) and Kim Mitchell (second from right).

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UPDATE - 4/30@10:11AM: Toronto Writer also reports seeing Rush manager Ray Danniels, Rush photographer Andrew MacNaughtan, and Neil Peart's father at the premiere.

UPDATE - 4/30@9:56AM: A list of Canadian theaters that will be showing the film on June 10th was just released this morning at the Banger Films blog:

RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage is Released to the Following Theaters:

* Additional Le Clap screenings on Fri June 11 at 7 & 9:15pm and Sat June 12th at 9:15pm *

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UPDATE - 4/30@7:26AM: Both Geddy and Alex were in attendance at the premiere; they even came on stage before the show and stayed for the Q&A afterwords. Also reportedly in attendance were former Rush producer Terry Brown, Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider, Kim Mitchell, and members of both Geddy's and Alex's family. Thanks to willie for the report and scott s for the photo.

UPDATE - 4/29@10:38PM: Alex Lifeson was spotted at the premiere, but I think Geddy went to the Jays game. :)

The long-awaited Rush documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage had its US and world premiere last weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The premiere was a big red carpet affair attended by filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson, a few big-name stars including Kiefer Sutherland and Sebastian Bach, several music industry and radio folk including Cliff Burnstein, Eddie Trunk and Donna Halper, and - of course - a bunch of crazy Rush fans. Over the past week we've been hit with a flurry of news covering the documentary including several interviews with the filmmakers as well as Rush themselves. You can check out all the coverage of the premiere including photos, videos, reviews, interviews and news articles in this post. And to listen to Geddy and Alex discuss the documentary on the radio interview circuit this week, check out this post.

Tonight Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage will gets its Canadian premiere at the opening night of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto at the Winter Garden Theatre at 9:30PM. Filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scott McFadyen will be on hand to introduce the film and answer questions. There will be an additional screening tomorrow, April 30th at 4:00PM at the Isabel Bader Theatre. From what I can gather, both screenings are sold out. So far there's no word on who else might show up, although since it's in Toronto I wouldn't rule out the possibility of at least one member of Rush making an appearance.

You can check out the official trailer for the film below or at this link along with these 2 preview clips. The documentary's official website was launched recently and reports that the film will be shown in limited release to select theaters on Thursday, June 10th. Last week we learned that the documentary will get its television premiere on VH1 and VH1 Classic on June 26th. The DVD/Blu-ray will be released on June 29th and will contain about an hour of bonus footage. Both the DVD and the Blu-ray can already be pre-ordered through the Rounder films website as well as (DVD, Blu-ray).

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