Rush is one of rock's most influential bands. Ranked third in consecutive gold or platinum albums after The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, the band enjoys a devoted following by legions around the world and is revered by generations of musicians. Yet, their incredible success story has, up to this point, remained largely untold. Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today's most respected rock artitsts, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world's biggest cult band.
FROM THE DIRECTORS:
Growing up in Toronto, Rush was a major part of my upbringing. They played my sister's high school, my older brother had their logo stenciled on his bedroom door and while I was reading Narnia books I could hear Fly By Night being played on the living room stereo.
The bulk of rock 'n' roll mythology is built on stories from London and New York and I felt that it was time to explore a story that was closer to home. I wanted to add a chapter to rock history that is uniquely Canadian. After all Rush is Canada's biggest rock band and after 40 years - love them or not- you have to respect them.
- Scot McFadyen
Rush's music has always been a huge part of my life. As a teenage musician growing up in Victoria, BC, I sat in my bedroom for hours slaving over Geddy Lee's bass lines and obsessing over the lyrics on Farewell To Kings and Hemispheres. They were like no other band.
But as a documentary filmmaker, I've realized that Rush's impact is global. Rock and heavy metal fans around the world admire Rush for their artistic integrity and dedication to their craft. I discovered that they are one of Canada's great ambassadors and deserved a film all their own.
Rush Management: RAY DANNIELS, SRO MANAGEMENT INC, TORONTO
Production Sound Mixer: KEVIN MacKENZIE
Additional Filming: ANDREW MacNAUGHTAN, JOHN CHOI
Camero Assistant: FRANK SHORTT
On line Edilor, Post Production and Technical Supervisor: ANDREW KOWALCHUK
Title Design and Motion Graphics: DEREK TOKAR
Assistant Editor: MARY JURIC
Story Consultant: RALPH CHAPMAN
Researchers: MARTIN POPOFF, LISA LADOUCEUR
Production & Post Production Coordinators: HELEN SWINDELLS, EMMA SANDERS
Producer Assistant: DAVID PATIENDEN
Artist Liaison: MEGHAN SYMSYK
Transcription by: MARY JURIC, MARTIN POPOFF, TRANSCRIPT DIVAS Inc.
Archivist: ANNA LECOCHE
Post Production Accountant: PATRICIA AGUIRRE
Audio Facility: TATIERSALL SOUND AND PIGURE, TORONTO
Re-Recording Mixer: LOU SOLAKOFSKI
Re-Recording Assistants: MANDY LEY, JOE MORROW
Sound FX and Music Editor: DAVE ROSE, ANDREW WRIGHT
Dialogue Editors: STEPHEN BARDEN
Post Production Services by: DELUXE POST PRODUCTION TORONTO
Online Editor: PIETRO GALLO
Colourist: JOANNA ROURKE
Project Manager for Deluxe: KIM AITCHISON
Special Thanks to: MARK BRANCH AND NICK IANNELLI
Legal Counsel: DAVID STEINBERG for HEENAN BLAIKIE
Auditors: JIMMY YE of KUDLOW McCANN
Interim Financing: AVER MEDIA
Travel Agent: K. WALSH & ASSOCIATES TRAVEL SERVICES
DVD & Blu Ray Authoring & Menu Design: JUICE PRODUCTIONS, TORONTO
Director of Client Services: ROBIN COE
Senior Designer: STEVE BUCK
Project Coordinutor: NICOLE HATCH
Booklet Design & Layout: DEREK TOKAR
Photos Courtesy of: DON CAMPBELL, BRUCE COLE, FIN COSTELLO, CHRIS IRWIN, YOUSUF KARSH, ANDREW MacNAUGHTAN, SRO MANAGEMENT INC.
1 1/2 Hours of Bonus Features & Deleted Scenes Including
© 2010 Rush Doc Films, Inc., under exclusive license in the U.S. to Zoe Vision, a division of Rounder Records.
"Going by the respect I get on the street, from what I've seen of the reviews and the renewed interest in the band I'd have to say that the film has been a huge positive for Rush...We don't really like the intrusion into our private lives. There's something to be said for being an underground band or a cult act. At the same time we're reaching so many more people with music we're very proud of." - Alex Lifeson, JournalLive.co.uk, May 4, 2011