Rush documentary wins Tribeca audience award

Mon May 3, 2010 3:57am EDT
 
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By Gregg Goldstein

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Tribeca Film Festival attendees have selected the rockumentary "Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage" for the fest's 2010 Heineken Audience Award.

Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn's Canadian feature received the $25,000 award Saturday night at the TFF Wrap Party in Chelsea's Altman Building.

The film chronicles the 42-year history of the band, whose status as a heavy metal act has provoked online debate for several years. Interviews with fans such as Gene Simmons, Billy Corgan and Jack Black are featured alongside profiles of Rush bandmates Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart.

"The best documentary films are just great stories with characters who jump off the screen, and that is certainly the case with 'Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage,'" said TFF executive director Nancy Schafer.

"Receiving the Heineken Audience Award at Tribeca means a lot to us as Rush has always been a band of the people," said directors McFadyen and Dunn. "It was great to see Rush fans and non-fans enjoy the movie together."

 
<p>Members of the legendary Canadian rock band RUSH, Alex Lifeson (L) and Geddy Lee, pose for photographs during an interview with Reuters in New York April 23, 2010. REUTERS/Mike Segar</p>