Call it a meeting of the legends – vérité master Albert Maysles and musical legend Paul McCartney have teamed up for a documentary, The Love You Make, to air on U.S. cable net Showtime.
The doc, premiering on September 10 and co-directed by Maysles and his filmmaking partner Bradley Kaplan, follows McCartney as he prepares for the Concert for New York City, which took place less than six weeks after the 9/11 attacks.
McCartney himself was scheduled to fly out of New York City on the morning of September 11, and upon being grounded returned to the city to witness the unfolding situation firsthand.
Maysles and Kaplan’s film, shot in 16mm black and white, captures McCartney interacting with New Yorkers on the Manhattan streets as he rehearses for the concert, and features other performers in the event as well, including David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow and Mick Jagger.
This project also serves as a reunion of sorts for the two legends. In 1964, Maysles filmed McCartney’s former quartet of some repute, The Beatles, upon their first visit to the U.S. in the 1964 doc What’s Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.
“Paul McCartney and Albert Maysles are each, in their own fields, iconic artists whose collaboration goes back more than 40 years,” said Showtime Networks president of entertainment David Nevins. “In the days following 9/11, they joined forces once again to make a very personal film that is a real testament to the spirit and resiliency of New York City. We are very proud to be able to premiere this film.”
“There was so much suffering as a result of 9/11 it’s hard to imagine how one might bring relief to those who were impacted by the attacks, and honor those firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who lost their lives in their heroic attempt to help others,” offered Maysles. “But Paul had the answer: music and a film that would tell the full story.”
“It was an honor to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history,” added McCartney. “There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music. And the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all.”
McCartney is not the only former Beatle to be featured in an upcoming doc from a legendary helmer. Last week, HBO announced it had picked up George Harrison: Living in the Material World, a two-part documentary from Oscar-winning director and self-proclaimed Maysles fan Martin Scorsese.