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‘Neil Young Life’ Documentary to Premiere at TIFF

‘Neil Young Life’ Documentary to Premiere at TIFF
Posted on on Spinner on Aug 23rd 2011 3:29PM by Jenny Charlesworth

Neil Young fans will be clamouring to get tickets to to the TIFF premiere of Jonathan Demme’s latest flick about the ‘Harvest Moon’ crooner. Demme, whose previous films include ‘Neil Young: Heart of Gold’ and ‘Neil Young: Trunk Show’ (not to mention a little flick called ‘The Silence of the Lambs’) outs himself as a full-on fanboy with this third doc.

‘Neil Young Life,’ which debuts Sept. 12 in Toronto and is based on a pair of performances the Canadian folk-rocker did in the city earlier this year at Massey Hall, is the latest music-related film to be announced as part of TIFF’s 2011 programing. As Spinner previously reported, docs on both Pearl Jam (directed by Cameron Crowe) and U2 will also be screened during the film fest. These films will be pretty tough to get into unless you’ve got a hook-up, so you better start scanning your Rolodex now.

Ed Note: Neil is also planning to speak at this event.

Neil Young concert documentary ‘Neil Young Life’ coming to TIFF 2011 says: We’ve been telling you for years that the Toronto
International Film Festival rocks, but this year it will be louder than ever.

After revealing that the 36th annual TIFF would open with the world premiere of David Guggenheim’s U2 documentary “From the Sky Down” and also screen Cameron Crowe’s Peal Jam doc “Pearl Jam Twenty,” THR reports that TIFF programmers are poised to announce the addition of Jonathan Demme’s latest Neil Young documentary to its musical lineup.

The trade said this concert video will complete Demme’s trilogy, which also includes “Neil Young: Heart of Gold” and “Neil Young Trunk Show.”

As the trade states, Demme’s concert film “was shot last May over two nights at Massey Hall in Toronto, and captured Young’s Le Noise solo tour produced by Daniel Lanois.”

This builds on the classic-rock icons TIFF has brought to the superior film festival over the years. Anyone who attended last year’s Bruce Springsteen interview, conducted by Edward Norton, knows that at TIFF, movies and music often share a harmonious, creative marriage. Now that U2, Pearl Jam and Neil Young are on the docket, there’s no reason to believe TIFF 2011 will be any different.

Ed2 note: Where is the “Trunk show” ???

Neil – subject of a new DVD documentary

from :

Buffalo Springfield member Neil Young, who just swung through town on a solo tour, is the subject of a new DVD documentary which is out on June 21st, Here We Are In The Years. The disc “traces the astonishing musical journey of Neil Young from the day he first heard Elvis to his most recent offerings”. Check out a clip from that DVD below…

Neil Young – Here We Are In The Years
viz at vimeo (is not a Neil originated video, but a documentation clip
about him)

Despite remaining a hugely original singer, songwriter, performer and, let’s face it, human being, across a career spanning almost fifty years, Neil Young has never been immune to the influence of others. This will be of no surprise to anyone with even a hint of interest in the man and his music, but only those who have studied their subject in depth will be aware of the enormous range of artists and genres Neil has both been affected by and drawn inspiration from, much of which, if one knows where to look, is apparent in Young’s incredible catalogue.


Demme Wrapping up His 3rd Neil Flick

Does Jonathan Demme have an unusual fixation or what?

By: Tom Lanham 05/11/11 10:01 AM

Last night and tonight, at Massey Hall up in Toronto, the Academy-Award- winning director will be filming the final shows of Neil Young’s “Le Noise” tour for his concert pic that’s hitting theatres later this year. But it’s his third Neil Young-based movie!

Even the lovably eccentric – and garrulous – Robyn Hitchcock couldn’t hold the guy’s attention for this long. But the perpetually productive Young – whose new Juno-winning “Le Noise” album also snagged a Grammy for Best Rock Song, “Angry World” – is always an interesting subject.

And Demme has chosen different slants – and points in his career – from which to analyze Young. His first effort, “Heart Of Gold,” followed the CSNY legend on his “Prairie Wind” tour back in 2006.

His next, “Trunk Show,” revolved around Young’s “Chrome Dreams II” stop at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, Penn., in 2009.

So capturing his performance of the Daniel Lanois-produced “Le Noise” songs is probably a whole new animal entirely. Will Demme be satisfied with just a trilogy of Neil Young films?

Hey – George Lucas didn’t know how to quit when he was ahead, did he? For more:

read moar at the San Francisco Examiner.

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