Peter Shapiro Off to Cannes With U2 3D
Peter Shapiro first made his name as the final owner of New Yorks seminal Wetlands and, since that clubs demise, has spent the past six years producing large scale events like the Jammys and the Green Apple Music & Arts Festival. Hes also carved out a role as music film producer, spearheading concert-centric films like All Access and Wetlands Preserved (the latter of which was directed by site editor Dean Budnick). Shapiros latest film, U2 3D, will premiere tomorrow at Frances Cannes Film Festival. Filmed in South America last year during U2s international Vertigo tour, U2 3D is the first live action digital 3D film. The film grew out of what we were trying to do All Access, which is to capture the feeling of being at a concert on film, Shapiro says. Like a jamband, U2 is concerned with making its live show unique.
U2 3D was directed by Catherine Owens, who has worked with the Irish-rockers for over twenty years. A 55-minute version of the film will preview at midnight tomorrow as part of Cannes and the film is expected to open in 3D theaters this fall. There is nothing like seeing a show in South America, Shapiro says. They have that soccer stadium energy.