by Eugene Hernandez
"Meeting People is Easy," Grant Gee's new documentary portrait of a world
tour by the band Radiohead is kicking off a tour of its own this week,
following its U.S. premiere at the SXSW Film Festival over the weekend.
Seventh Art has acquired the film for distribution and is presenting the
film in theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Chicago
during one weekend of midnight screenings in each city.
The film had its L.A. premiere at the newly restored Egyptian Theater on
Monday night, in advance of this weekend's midnight screenings at the
Laemmle Sunset 5 theater -- it will screen on two midnights at NYC's
Angelika Film Center on April 2nd and 3rd, before showing at the Roxie in
San Francisco on April 9th and 10th, and showings at the Music Box in
Chicago on April 16th and 17th. In a conversation with indieWIRE
yesterday, Seventh Art Releasing Senior VP of Special Projects Oren Bitan
confirmed the release and indicated that the hope is to expand the release
to other cities and college campuses later in the Spring.
In a conversation with indieWIRE yesterday afternoon, filmmaker Grant Gee
explained that of the 140 hours of footage that were shot on tour, twenty
were shot on film and the digital footage was shot with a small Sony PC-7
camera. According to Gee, a digital to film print was finished last week by
CFS in London, in time for the Austin debut. "Meeting People is Easy" has
already been released on home video in the U.K. and the goal is to do a
limited theatrical release as well. The documentary will be released on
home video and DVD in the United States later this Spring.