RUSH Wins 2010 Tribeca Audience Award
The rockumentary “Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage“, which chronicles the 40-year history of the band Rush, won the Tribeca Film Festival’s Heineken Audience Award on Saturday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Directors Scot McFadyen and Sam Dunn received $25,000 for winning the prize. Both the directors and the band hail from Canada.
The film features profiles of Rush members Geddy Lee, Neal Peart, and Alex Lifeson alongside interviews with famous fans like Gene Simmons, Jack Black, and Billy Corgan.
While Rush’s influence is rarely debated, their status as a proto-heavy metal act is hotly contested to this day. The band, who released its debut album in 1974, is known for complex song structures, technical skill, and sci-fi-influenced lyrical motifs – all hallmarks of heavy metal – but Lee’s high voice and the band’s prog-rock roots have divided fans of early metal.
The band’s latest album, 2007’s “Snakes & Arrows”, was released to modest commercial and critical acclaim.