MTV Picks Up Documentary by Rock Concert Crasher Turned Filmmaker
MTV has picked up the distribution rights to No Cameras Allowed, a documentary directed by and starring James Marcus Haney, who turned a penchant for crashing the backstage of rock concerts into a budding career as a rock videographer.
Lis Rowinski, who runs motion picture for Fake Empire, the production entity run by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, is producing the doc along with Matt Barber and Michelle Knudsen.
Schwartz and Savage are exec producing along with Haney, frequent Fake Empire music collaborator Alexandra Patsavas, Robyn Demarco, Joshua Vodnoy, Michael Raimondi, Mason Novick and James Parrinello.
MTV plans to air the documentary on its channel as well as give it a limited theatrical run.
Haney began crashing concerts in 2010 when he posed as a press photographer at the Coachella Music Festival. His duplicity garnered him press badges and coveted backstage wristbands, allowing for greater access to the bands, which he started to shoot fanatically.
It led to Haney regularly sneaking into other music festivals, and he eventually caught the attention of Mumford & Sons, whose manager was won over by the college-age kid and invited him to join the band’s tour as official recorder.
The documentary details Haney's four-and-a-half-year journey on the road with several bands, his experiences in the rock world and plenty of behind-the-scenes footage at concerts. Among the artists featured are Coldplay, Muse, Jay Z and Mumford & Sons.
Rowinski came across Haney’s self-made trailer online and brought it to Schwartz and Savage, whose love of music spills into their shows and movies — both have strong music components to them. The trio and other producers went through hours of footage and offered input to Haney on what would become the final doc.
Fake Empire recently joined the producing team of MGM’s remake of WarGames and is producing the event series The Astronaut Wives Club, which will premiere on ABC in spring 2015. The company also is producing The CW's Hart of Dixie.
Haney will be doing a Reddit AMA at 9 a.m. PT on Tuesday.