What makes this film different from other documentaries on the Stones?
Though the Stones have been involved in several documentaries over the years, all but one of them were either concert films or focused on specific tours. The one exception is 25 x 5, which has been out of circulation for over 20 years. 25 x 5 covers similar ground, but in a more traditional and academic way. My goal was to create a much more immersive experience. CROSSFIRE HURRICANE is structured like a classical narrative, and is far more invested in the band's mythology than it's history. When I first spoke with Mick, it was clear that he wanted to make a "movie" and I took this to heart. While some hardcore fans may be familiar with the arc of the story, like any myth, each storyteller interprets the story in a different manner. CROSSFIRE HURRICANE is not the first Stones doc, nor will it be the last. But the way in which the story unfolds and the decisions we made our rather unique.
What was the toughest challenge you faced making it?
I was only given 16 weeks to edit the film, which is kind of a herculean task. From the first day of cutting, Connor O'Neil, Stuart Levy and I felt the heat. Normally, towards the end of production you start pulling 15 hour days. We started the first week and would work no less than 6 days a week. It was a mad dash, but also exhilarating.