The White Stripes Illegal Concert Film

Published: 2004-07-06
Apparently filmmaker George Roca doesn't understand what the word NO means. Roca signed a contract with The White Stripes to film the group on and off stage during the band's four night stand at the Bowry Ballroom in New York City. The contract also stipulated that The White Stripes own all rights to the footage – which meant Roca could not air the footage he shot or any edited film version without the permission of The White Stripes.

A few months after filming, Roca presented an edited version of what he shot in New York to the band. According to The White Stripes, they felt the film was not of good quality – poor sound and the editing didn't feel right. The White Stripes wanted to work with Roca on producing a different version of the film but with touring schedules finding a time was difficult.

Roca did not wait for The White Stripes to come out to create a new film. In May, Roca requested permission – via a lawyer – to present his version of the film at festivals for purposes of acquiring distribution. Again The White Stripes said no – no to Roca, no to the attorney, and no via an email to Roca - Roca aired the film anyway.

Roca even went as far as to contact the media claiming the "successful celebrities" – The White Stripes – were preventing the "underdog" – Roca – from releasing his concert video. The White Stripes feel that Roca's actions are an example of people who think they can do whatever they want and not care what the consequences are.

In the meantime the White Stripes have announced that they will release a live DVD of their own towards the end of the year containing concert footage shot at 2 shows in Blackpool, England.

Writer: Sherrill Fulghum



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