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Billy Joel Doc Last Play at Shea to Play 120 Exclusive One-Night Only Shows October 21

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood October 14, 2010 at 10:34AM

Wrekin Hill will open Tribeca Film Fest doc The Last Play at Shea in 120 markets for exclusive one-night stand engagements on October 21. Initial cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.. Several theaters will hold the film for an extended theatrical run.
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Wrekin Hill will open Tribeca Film Fest doc The Last Play at Shea in 120 markets for exclusive one-night stand engagements on October 21. Initial cities include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Dallas, and Washington, D.C.. Several theaters will hold the film for an extended theatrical run.

For those of us who like baseball and rock, this movie has both the Mets and Long Island's favorite son, rocker Billy Joel, who gave the last performances--July 16 and 18, 2008--at the Mets long-time home, Shea Stadium. Joel decided to document the event and provide a history of the stadium, which also hosted the Beatles live. The film cuts in concert footage from Tony Bennett, Garth Brooks, John Mayer and Roger Daltrey. After Tribeca, the movie also screened on August 21, 2010 at CitiField: the biggest outdoor movie exhibition since 1919.

Exclusive’s Spitfire Pictures Label and Billy Joel’s Maritime Pictures produced the doc. Here's Variety's review by John Anderson.

This article is related to: Genres, Indies, Exhibition, Musical, Independents, Documentaries


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.