Everyone remembers where they were when terrorists attacked America on September 11, 2001. Paul McCartney was boarded and ready to fly overseas from New York City, which meant his flight was grounded and he returned to a devastated city.
Showtime's upcoming documentary The Love We Make follows McCartney as he returns to Manhattan. It includes his interactions with other New Yorkers on the streets, as well as his efforts to help organize the Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden, which featured Jon Bon Jovi (pictured above), David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stella McCartney, Governor George Pataki, Keith Richards, James Taylor, Pete Townsend and many more.
"It was an honor to be able to help New York and America at that time in its history," McCartney recalled. "There was a feeling of shock and fear in the air that I thought we could help alleviate with music. And the fact that so many people stepped up to join us made for a very uplifting evening for us all."
The Love We Make will include performances from the benefit, as well as exclusive backstage footage, and will also go behind-the-scenes at interviews with Dan Rather, Howard Stern and others.
Directed by Albert Maysles (Gimme Shelter, Salesman, Grey Gardens) and his award-winning partner, Bradley Kaplan (Muhammad and Larry, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, Sand and Sorrow), The Love We Make was shot in the style Maysles pioneered with the legendary 1964 documentary What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A.
"Paul McCartney and Albert Maysles are each, in their own fields, iconic artists whose collaboration goes back more than 40 years," said David Nevins, Showtime's president of entertainment. "In the days following 9/11, they joined forces once again to make a very personal film that is a real testament to the spirit and resiliency of New York City. We are very proud to be able to premiere this film."
Paul McCartney's The Love We Make will premiere on Showtime the day before the 10-year anniversary of 9/11, September 10, 2011 at 9:00 p.m.