Beastie Boys Mike Diamond and Adam Horovitz tell an intimate, personal story of their band and 40 years of friendship in this live documentary experience directed by their longtime friend and collaborator, filmmaker Spike Jonze. The film premieres on the heels of the 26th anniversary of the release of Beastie Boys’ number one charting 1994 album, 'Ill Communication', and reunites Beastie Boys with director Spike Jonze over 25 years after he directed the music video for the album’s immortal hit single, 'Sabotage.'
With the help of curated images and clips overseen by Jonze and his production team, the film offers a revealing, witty and emotional telling of the true story about how Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and their late, great band mate Adam Yauch, aka MCA, first came together as young punks in New York; and, went on to form one of the most groundbreaking and influential groups in rap and rock history.
Creative editorial and post-production company Final Cut saw its editors Zoe Schack and Jeff Buchanan edit the project, the latter being a long-time collaborator of the director. Buchanan edited Jonze’s 2018 Apple ad 'Welcome Home' and co-edited Jonze’s 2013 feature film, 'Her' with Eric Zumbrunnen. An editor since 2003, Buchanan joined the team at Final Cut in 2009 and moved to their LA office in 2013. He has garnered many accolades for his work, including an Emmy, AICP awards, an MTV Music Video award, and numerous film festival recognitions. He has also frequently collaborated with Michel Gondry and worked with high-profile artists such as Kanye West and Arcade Fire. Additionally, he took on the challenge of editing legendary footage of Aretha Franklin for the documentary 'Amazing Grace', filmed by the great Sydney Pollack in 1972 and released last year.
Zoe Schack has edited commercials for Audi, Infiniti, Doritos, and Dollar Shave Club, as well as multiple music videos. Schack has worked with some of the best commercial and film directors in the world including Dougal Wilson, Ava DuVernay, Michel Gondry, Craig Gillespie, Spike Jonze, and Steve Ayson. She interned with renowned filmmaker Albert Maysles and went on to produce the Bicycle Film Festival in Portland, Oregon. She edited the short documentary Dosa Hunt which was featured in many prominent film festivals.
Schack says: “A massive part of the job was going through decades worth of archival footage and photos. We kept finding gems that were so good we knew they had to make it in somehow. Finding something that makes you laugh or cry, and talking to Spike about how great a clip is was very rewarding.” Buchanan continued: “And for us to then be able to take that footage from 1986, or that photo that was shot in 1992, and work it into the film in a way that helped support the story, or give insight into Mike, Adam, and Yauch's relationship - that was the most gratifying part of the entire editing process”.
Director: Spike Jonze
Written by: Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz and Spike Jonze
Produced by: Jason Baum, Amanda Adelson and Spike Jonze
Executive Producers: Mike Diamond, Adam Horovitz, Dechen Wangdu-Yauch, John Silva, John Cutcliffe, Pete Smith, Michele Anthony, David Blackman, Ashley Newton, Thomas Benski, Dan Bowen and Sam Bridger
Co-executive Producers: Losel Yauch, Frances Yauch and Jonah Hill
Edited by: Jeff Buchanan, ACE and Zoe Schack
Director of photography: Autumn Durald
Production Designer: Sam Lisenco
Re-recording Sound Mixer: Martyn Zub
Music: Beastie Boys
Co-producers: Laura Klein and Alison Goodwin