Albert Maysles, Bradley Kaplan, Ian Markiewicz, 2011, 91 min
Directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan, THE LOVE WE MAKE follows Paul McCartney through the streets of New York City in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks as he organizes an all-star benefit concert, The Concert for New York City.
On the morning of September 11, 2001 McCartney was in a plane on the tarmac, about to leave NYC when the attacks occurred. Grounded, he returned to the city and witnessed first-hand the shock and devastation that overtook New York. Directors Maysles and Kaplan capture McCartney rehearsing with his band for the concert, connecting with New Yorkers on the streets, and behind-the-scenes at interviews with Dan Rather, Howard Stern and others. The film features performances from the concert itself, with unparalleled access backstage to McCartney and such luminaries as David Bowie,
Steve Buscemi, Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stella McCartney, Governor George Pataki, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Pete Townshend, and many more.
“One of the most chipper responses to tragedy you are ever likely to experience… The film’s choicest moments, however, occur not on the stage but on the streets of Manhattan and in the performance hall’s back rooms. Bradley Kaplan and the legendary Albert Maysles present a man of unflinching graciousness… Captured mostly in gorgeous black and white, THE LOVE WE MAKE is alternately trite, touching, funny and fascinating.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, The New York Times