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Rush Time Machine Trailer – Live in Cleveland

by on Oct.17, 2011, under Banger Films, Rush Documentary

Let us know what you thought of the film in the comments below:

Hey folks.

Sorry about the radio silence recently. HQ has been ‘hellbent for leather’ pounding through some intense footage spanning Maiden, Motorhead, Rush and then on top of that completing the Episodes for Metal Evolution!! I’ll try to summarize what’s going on (I may have to waterboard some unsuspecting Banger Films producer in order to gather the intel). :)

For the moment please feast on a small sample of the Rush Time Machine Tour live production that will be released on November 8.


Now check if it’s showing in your town!! Let us know!

Keep Raging!

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Rush and Banger Films Grammy Award .. Did We Get It ??

by on Feb.13, 2011, under Banger Films, Rush Documentary

As I’m sure we all know by now, Rush did not win the Grammy and lost (perhaps in a close race) to an amazing piece on the Doors and primarily Jim Morrison. You should all check it out.


Don’t miss the announcement to take place during the Prelude event starting at 1pm Pacific here .

Share your excitement or disappointment by commenting below. This should be a real nail biter for everyone involved.

Full free live streaming of the Grammy Awards pre-show. Sam and Scot will be around to accept the award should the votes swing their way.

Stream is also available direct from Youtube here:

More as it comes.

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Banger Films: One Film, 2 Award Nominations, Amazing Year So Far

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Banger Films, Rush Documentary

Official Press Release from Banger Films Headquarters. Originally released for Feb 3, 2011.

A 2011 Juno Nomination for best Music Video of the year follows

2011 Grammy Nomination, both for

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage,

Kicks off a Stellar Year for Banger Film Directors

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn

Toronto. February 3, 2011. Banger Films is proud to announce that Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn’s most recent documentary, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, has received a 2011 Juno nomination – Canada’s top music honour – in the category of Best Music DVD of the Year. This follows on the heels of their doc’s Grammy nomination for Best Long Form Music Video and the Audience Award at the 2010 Tribeca Film Festival.

This is McFadyen and Dunn’s second Juno nomination. They won a 2010 Best Music DVD Juno for Iron Maiden: Flight 666.

“I think if you had told us six years ago that our company would be this successful we would have a hard time believing you! I can’t think of a better way to make a living than creating docs about music and subjects that you love. The problem we have now is finding enough time to work on all the projects we have on our plate!” says Scot McFadyen.

Once back from Los Angeles after the February 13th Grammy ceremonies, McFadyen & Dunn return to production on their next project – the innovative Metal Evolution: The Series. This 11-part one-hour series format, based on the much-debated Metal History “family tree” originally shown in Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey, will be an all-time first for the directors. While Headbanger’s Journey served as a 96-minute introduction to this controversial and misunderstood musical form, a kind of Metal 101, Metal Evolution: The Series is the 11-hour Masters program, uncovering the history, myths and intricacies of Metal. This is the most exhaustive look at the hard rock/metal genre ever undertaken and, when complete, will feature interviews with over 200 artists.

And after that, McFadyen and Dunn start production on their new feature length documentary, SATAN, an exploration of the history and influence of the ultimate agent provocateur, the Devil. Alliance Films has theatrical and DVD distribution for Canada with broadcast partners being The Movie Network and Movie Central.  Tricon Films will handle international TV sales.

Grammy nominee Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the forty-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world’s biggest cult band. Rush (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart) ranks third for most consecutive gold and platinum albums behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones and has engaged legions of devoted fans over the decades and is revered by generations of musicians. The documentary features never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with rock artists such as Billy Corgan, Taylor Hawkins, Trent Reznor, Sebastian Bach, Kirk Hammett, Jack Black and Gene Simmons.

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RUSH: Beyond the Lighted Stage Gets Juno Nod

by on Feb.01, 2011, under Headbanger's Journey DVD Tour, Rush Documentary

Today is starting out with fantastic news as Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage has been nominated for a 2011 Juno Award under the Best Music DVD category! As many of you will remember, Banger Films took this same award last year for the work on Iron Maiden: Flight 666 which marked a new movement in band specific documentaries for the team.
The 2011 Juno nominations were announced this morning live on CTV. There will be a lot of hype around Justin and Drake who have blasted into the music spotlight this year and we wish them all the best.
This is shaping up to be a monumental year for RUSH and the people behind the film at Banger Films HQ. The world can look forward to the next wave of RUSH’s Time Machine Tour featuring the Moving Pictures album in it’s entirety. There is the Grammy Awards in April, preceded by the Juno’s in March.

We will add more to this news story as we get feedback but it is safe to say that the office is pretty excited this morning.

In the meantime, please read up on the other amazing Music DVD’s that were also nominated below.


Shadow Shows/Rhombus Media/Arts & Crafts*Alliance
Bruce McDonald Dany M. Chiasson, Niv Fichman, Noah Segal, Amy Paquette BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE
This Movie is Broken
Broken Social Scene – DVD
This Movie is Broken

One of Canada’s pre-eminent cult fimmakers, Bruce McDonald is infamous for his comment that he’d buy “a big chunk of hash” with the money he won at the Toronto International Film Festival for his debut feature Roadkill. Anyone who’s seen one of his films knows that he wasn’t joking. Roadkill was followed by the other two films in his Road Trilogy, Hard Core Logo and Highway 61. In between executive producing and directing the television series Twitch City and directing for shows like Queer as Folk, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Tournament and This is Wonderland, McDonald also directed the films Dance Me Outside, Picture Claire, Claire’s Hat, The Love Crimes of Gillian Guess, The Tracey Fragments, Pontypool and This Movie is Broken. His most recent film, Trigger, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.

Christopher Mills Nick Blasko, Geoff McLean, Christopher Mills BUCK 65
The Lost Tapes
Buck 65
The Lost Tapes

Christopher Mills is best known for his video work for Modest Mouse, The Tragically Hip, The Secret Machines, and Interpol–combining live action with animation in a style he describes as, “Rumpled Country Art Doctor Antiques Lover Who Thinks Out Of The Box Yet Imagines Vast Worlds Inside It.” In addition to music videos and commercials, Christopher has created visual work for the Art Gallery of Ontario as well as for The Tragically Hip’s stadium concert tour in 2005. He created and directed, “Macroscopic,” a 47-minute experimental documentary about The Tragically Hip that was included in their 20-year retrospective, Hipeponymous, released in late 2005. Christopher has received many awards for his music video work, including a JUNO Award for 2008 Video of the Year for Blue Rodeo’s “C’mon” and Best Breakthrough Video for Modest Mouses’ “Float On” in 2004. His 2006 mixed-media commercial for Hewlett-Packard, called: Crazy Town,” was his first U.S. commercial. Christopher lives in Toronto.

Jean Lamoureux, Julie Snyder CELINE DION
Céline-Tournée Mondiale Taking Chances Le Spectacle
Celine Dion
Céline-Tournée Mondiale Taking Chances Le Spectacle

Celine -Tournee Mondiale Taking Chances Le Spectacle is the exclusive French version filmed live in Québec. The U.S. edition features only her English language songs, performed throughout all of North America. La Tournee Mondiale Taking Chances Le Spectacle, showcases Céline’s inspiring dedication to creating a stage experience like no other. The DVD/CD offers another chance to experience the magical event, this time from a vantage point unparalleled by any ticket

Jeremy Tusz, Tom Beghin, Martha De Francisco, Wieslaw Woszczyk TOM BEGHIN
The Virtual Haydn

Jeremy Tusz is a Montréal-based recording engineer, editor, and video producer specializing in classical music. He splits his time between CD/SACD/BluRay Audio album production, and promotional and educational video production for musicians and record labels. The Virtual Haydn (Playing the Room) is his first full-length documentary on a screenplay by Robert J. Litz. Jeremy works with artists and groups such as Lara St. John, Jens Lindemann, Alain Lefèvre, Angèle Dubeau, Kent Nagano and l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, The National Youth Orchestra of Canada, Les Violons du Roi, l’Ensemble Caprice, and The Knights. His work can be heard on recordings for labels such as Analekta, Ancalagon, Azica, Marquis Classics, Naxos, Sony Classical, Virgin Classics, and XXI. He has credits on 10 JUNO Award-nominated recordings (three wins), a MIDEM-nominated recording, an Echo Klassik-winning recording, and many ADISQ-nominated and winning recordings. Jeremy has a background in violin and viola performance and is a graduate of the McGill University Schulich School of Music Masters of Music in Sound Recording program (2006).

Scot McFadyen, Sam Dunn, Pegi Cecconi, Noah Segal, Shelley Nott, John Virant RUSH
Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage

Rush is one of rock’s most influential bands, ranking third for most gold and platinum albums behind The Beatles and Rolling Stones.  But despite having legions of devoted fans and being revered by generations of musicians, they have been ignored by critics and continually overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Featuring never-before-seen archival footage and interviews with some of today’s most respected rock artists, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage explores the 40-year career and phenomenon behind what could be the world’s biggest cult band.

Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage looking for the 'Double' with a Grammy and a Juno

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Vancouver Date Added Officially to Rush Time Machine Tour

by on Jan.31, 2011, under Banger Films, Rush Documentary

Well, there you have it. Rush WILL slide through Vancouver on June 30. A collective ‘Yay‘, can be heard across Western Canada with this announcement. This after weeks of speculation and a definite indication of a Vancouver show as we eluded to in the ‘Bakers Dozen’ tour piece with only 12 dates officially announced. Those astute fans may have noticed a few days ‘vacant’ in the vicinity of Portland and Gorge shows…


Rush has confirmed they will play Rogers Arena in Vancouver, BC on June 30th, 2011.
Tickets go on sale Feb 4th with pre-sales for members and AMEX front of line starting Tuesday @ 10AM

Remember pre-sale tix are available only for members so be prepared and don’t miss out on the first wave.

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