A new Beastie Boys performance doc, shot by their fans and directed by the band’s Adam Yauch, a.k.a. M.C.A. (using the pseudonym Nathaniel Hornblower), has been nabbed by THINKFilm. The movie, dubbed “Awesome; I Fuckin’ Shot That,” features footage filmed by 50 fans at a Madison Square Garden concert. THINKFilm has acquired all worldwide rights to the movie. They are eyeing a Spring ’06 release, after what they said will be “significant festival presentations early next year.”
“I’m glad that the film has found a home with THINK,” said the Beastie’s Yauch/M.C.A./Hornblower in s statement, “Shit has been bubbling for a minute and now THINK is gonna light a match.” The company’s theatrical division head Mark Urman added, “‘Awesome’ is the only word that can describe the experience of watching this film.”
Yauch, director of many of the band’s videos, under his pseudonym, produced the film with Jon Doran. It was shot on October 9th of last year after the band handed out 50 cameras to fans at the New York City concert. THINK head Jeff Sackman added that his company had been pursuing the movie aggressively since first reading about the project. He negotiated the pact along with Urman, company SVP of acquisitions and business affairs Randy Manis, and VP of acquisitions Daniel Katz for THINK and Roger Arar and Ken Anderson of Loeb & Loeb for the filmmakers.
For the film’s DVD release next summer, Yauch plans to include features similar to the options on the band’s 2000 Criterion Collection video compilation that allowed viewers to switch to various audio tracks and video angles.