Tomorrow, Monday 12 Sept, the new movie by Jonathan Demme about 2011 Massey Hall shows will screen at the Toronto film festival TIFF. Location: “Princess of Wales” – nice name. More info on NeilYoungTimes/news. Our special reporter Sharry is on scene.
‘Movie Info’ Articles
We all wish that Sharry, who has tix for the show, will take notes on pen and papers, in particular the Neil/Demme conversation, but also the movie in itself.
TIFF: Jonathan Demme Talks Neil Young and Katrina Docs, Exclusive Clip — Thompson on Hollywood
New York filmmaker Jonathan Demme is heading for the Toronto Fest with the latest film in his Neil Young concert trilogy, Neil Young Journeys [formerly known as "Neil Young Life"], which follows 2006’s Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show in 2009.
And Demme’s love of Neil Young goes back to the start of his music-making in the late 60s. Young wrote the end-title song for Philadelphia; Demme met the musician soon after, who told him he’d love him to shoot a music video someday. “Then I saw Greendale,” says Demme, and contacted Young, who called him again six months later. He wanted to turn Greendale into a film, but Demme was already in pre-production on The Manchurian Candidate.
Later Young called Demme and told him he was finishing his album “Prairie Wind,” which became the basis of their moving Nashville concert movie Heart of Gold. “That show was never performed anywhere else, only the two nights,” says Demme. “The whole thing was hand-crafted. It was just magic.” The costumes and backdrops in the show were custom-made.
Demme also shot four shows of the 40-city Chrome Dreams world tour for Trunk Show. Warners has yet to release the DVD. “It’s frustrating,” Demme says.
this in advance of their onstage meeting @ TIFF this weekend.
The Neil Journeys
This past May, Neil Young brought his solo tour to Toronto’s Massey Hall, an iconic venue in the city of his birth. Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the two nights, which highlighted new songs from the album Le Noise, produced by Daniel Lanois, mixed with classics like “Ohio” and “I Believe in You.” At sixty-five, Young retains a youthful vitality and musical curiosity that balances his wisdom and experience.
It’s no wonder he’s been an inspiration to the likes of Pearl Jam and Sonic Youth. In Neil Young Journeys, Demme intersperses the Massey Hall concert footage with brief scenes from a road trip through Ontario.
Driving a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria, Young visits the rural town of Omemee, where he spent a key part of his formative years, and reminisces about his former neighbours and their daughters. As he drives past bulldozers transforming the landscape, he remarks, “It’s all gone… it’s still in my head.”
Also Pearl Jam @ TIFF:
Neil Young Talks Ohio in Jonathan Demme’s concert/road movie Neil Young Journeys, his third with Young, set to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival.
“That was the beginning of my relationship to cars, you know!?”
game on, brother!
The following article about the screening of Jonathan Demme’s
documentary “Neil Young Life,” plus his and Neil’s personal apperances at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 12 was published today in the Toronto Star. I believe this same article by Peter Howell has also been posted online at the TIFF website.
I’m planning to purchase tickets for this on Saturday, September 3. I was disappointed to learn that the TFF box office won’t be selling non-member single tickets until then. Let’s hope they have a few tickets left when I call. The film is being screened at the Princess of Wales Theatre of King St. W. (That’s where Jonathan Demme will also have a dialogue with Neil on stage.)
Sharry (Up in T.O. keepin’ jive alive)