Imax Ups Its Live Game With Brandi Carlile’s Laurel Canyon Concert – Specialty Preview


Imax come out this sunday with Brandi Carlile: In The Canyon Haze – Live from Laurel Canyon on 31 screens nationwide, an encore of a live event that represents a milestone for the large-format exhibitor.

The concert aired Thursday from Los Angeles’ historic Laurel Canyon to 87 Imax theaters (there would have been a few more if Hurricane Ian hadn’t destroyed locations in Florida). More than three dozen have sold out for what is the company’s highest-grossing live event. It featured Carlile and his band – no live audience – performing reimagined versions of songs from his deluxe new album “In The Canyon Haze”. Filmed for Imax using Imax digital cameras, it is the first event of its kind organized by Imax.

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Earlier this year, the company grossed $300,000 from its live stream of Kanye West’s Donda 2 concert in Miami – the closest thing yet. (He released the movie Jesus is King: A Film by Kanye West just before the album in 2019.)

Imax won strong $500,000 national simulcast The Beatles: Get Back – The Rooftop Concert (the band’s iconic 1969 concert on a London rooftop) in 60 venues, including a live Q&A with Peter Jackson, director/producer of the Disney+ documentary series The Beatles: Come Back. With a two-day encore weekend a few weeks later, the event grossed over $2 million worldwide.

Halsey is pre-filmed If I can’t have love, I want power, a visualization tied to her fourth studio album, which grossed $700,000 last summer. Imax held a live-streaming party, a short film and a few other events, but Laurel Canyon “is a big moment,” said Megan Colligan, Imax’s executive vice president and president of Imax Entertainment. The company currently has 127 national screens out of 407 wired for live events. It is now focused on an international rollout (from about 50), aiming for 250 wired locations worldwide by the end of the year out of a total of 1,700.

For music, “The audiences that arrive are audiences that do not regularly go to the cinema. That’s a good thing,” Colligan said. “When you have a positive experience in a space, you’re open to it. You think you’re not a movie buff, but you’re in a theater. It’s a habit that can be formed.

Music documentaries are definitely having a moment, with Lunar Reverie setting records and special presentations of Anvil! The anvil story drawing fans into theaters.

And this weekend, Oscilloscope Laboratories presents Sundance doc Sirens at the Angelika in New York. It will grow throughout the fall, the distributor says, aggressively pursuing an awards campaign. The film follows the music and young members of Beirut girl thrash metal band Slave To Sirens as they emerge in the midst of the Lebanese revolution. Directed by Rita Baghdadi, who shot and produced the film with Camila Hall, it is the feature debut from Natasha Lyonne and Maya Rudolph’s Animal Pictures.

Other specialized outlets: The widest is The good house from Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate on just over 1,000 screens with Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Deadline Review here. Roadside acquired it in Toronto last year and, according to co-chairman Howard Cohen, kept it “because we were hoping and waiting for the older audience to come back. So we hope they are finally ready now. Weaver is Hildy Good, a wry New England real estate agent and descendant of the Salem witches, who loves her wine and her secrets. Her compartmentalized life unfolds as she rekindles a romance with her old high school flame (Kline). Directed by Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, who wrote the screenplay with Thomas Bezucha. Based on the 2013 novel by Ann Leary.

A24 presents a drama God’s Creatures on 31 day and date screens. In a windswept fishing village, a mother is torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong. A lie she tells for him tears their family and tight-knit community apart in this tense and deeply moving epic that premiered at Cannes, Deadline review here. Directed by Saela Davis and Anna Rose Holmer and written by Shane Crowley, based on a story he wrote with producer Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly. With Emily Watson, Paul Mescal, Aisling Franciosi, Declan Conlon, Toni O’Rourke, Marion O’Dwyer, Brendan McCormack and Lalor Roddy.

Quiver Distribution opens dead for a dollar by Walter Hill on 67 prints. With Christoph Waltz, Willem Dafoe, Rachel Brosnahan, Brandon Scott, Warren Burke, Benjamin Bratt, Hamish Linklater, Guy Burnet. Premiere in Venice, Deadline magazine here. Veteran bounty hunter Max Borlund (Waltz) is on a mission deep in Mexico where he meets professional gambler and outlaw Joe Cribbens (Dafoe) – a nemesis he sent to prison years before.

IFC Films presents a thriller Vespers day and date in 44 theaters in more than 30 markets. Directed by Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper, written by Samper, Brian Clark and Buozyte. With Raffiella Chapman, Eddie Marsan, Rosy McEwen and Richard Brake. The story, set after the collapse of Earth’s ecosystem, follows the headstrong 13-year-old girl (Chapman), who uses survival skills to subsist in the remnants of a strange and dangerous world with her father. sick (Brake). This is Buozyte and Samper’s third feature film, the last being leakage waves in 2012. “We were fans of the filmmakers. What they’ve been able to do, what they’ve created is absolutely magnificent,” says Arianna Bocco, President of IFC Films. IFC had monitored the project and acquired it in June. It’s an environmental thriller “but not pedantic. A coming-of-age story that, at the same time, explores what our world looks like today,” says Bocco.

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