Kenny Chesney concert to hit theaters

Sony will release 'Summer in 3D' in a limited run in April

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SANTA MONICA -- Feeling a little bit country, Sony Pictures said Sunday that it will bring popular performer Kenny Chesney to movie theaters in April in a limited-engagement concert film, "Kenny Chesney: Summer in 3D."

Director Joe Thomas shot footage during Chesney's recently concluded Sun City Carnival concert tour. Over six nights in five locations, he employed 22 3D camera rigs, including systems from 3ality Digital, which were outfitted with Sony 1500-series professional digital cameras.

The film will be released through Sony's new business unit, the Hot Ticket, set up to bring cultural and entertainment events to digital theaters.

"If you're a diehard Kenny Chesney fan who just couldn't get close enough this past summer, or even if you did and want to live those songs and fun again, even closer, 'Kenney Chesney: Summer in 3D' is the perfect way to experience the intensity even closer than the front row," Sony worldwide distribution president Rory Bruer said.

"It was an amazing -- and at times scary -- experience to have cameras that close, in the air, in a blimp," Chesney said. "But when you see what this film captures ... even for me, who's in the eye of the storm, I was taken aback."

Chesney's tours have sold more than 1 million tickets in each of the past eight summers. He has sold more than 35 million records and notched 19 No. 1 hits, including "When the Sun Goes Down," "Beer in Mexico," "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Anything but Mine."
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