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A Cinematic Tribute To Neil Young

Posted by Trixie / February 14, 2007

Launch party (Club Lambi, Thursday) and Screenings (Friday, Saturday)

Bet you didn’t know that Neil Young also works as a filmmaker under the nom de plume Bernard Shakey. Of course, right now all the true blue Neil Young fans are sighing and rolling their eyes, thinking “no kidding.” But I think it’s telling that despite Mr. Young’s status as star of the recent, much hailed Jonathan Demme concert film, Neil Young: Heart Of Gold, as well as Jim Jarmusch’s 1997 band documentary Year of the Horse, and his scoring of Jarmusch’s mood-music-heavy Dead Man, Young’s ties to the cinema have been generally overlooked.

This cultural oversight is redressed by the first installment of the NOISY PICTURES SCREENING SERIES, which is dedicated to the synergy between the music and cinema of Neil Young. Two nights of screenings—and one launch party—are devoted to exploring the cinematic sensibility of Young’s music, and the musical sensibility of his cinema. The connection works for me: think of Young’s ragged romanticism, his penchant for storytelling that chooses evocation over articulation. Noisy Pictures’ Director/Programmer James Larden has more to say about this in his program notes, and in the interview below.

And though Mr. Young himself can’t be there, the launch party—Thursday, Feb. 15 @ Club Lambi, 9pm, $12 tickets at the door—will feature the next best thing: Canadian indie darlings The Constantines in their incarnation as a Neil Young and Crazy Horse tribute band, Horsey Craze.

After they do their thing, you’ll be treated to a dance party with DJs-about-town Jay Taylor and James Larden, doing double duty. If you’ve ever been to one of Jimmy L’s infamous parties, you know you’re in for old school, soulful, booty-shakin’ grooves.

As for the screenings, Friday Feb. 16 it’s Dead Man, and Saturday Feb. 17 it’s Young’s 2003 feature, Greendale. Both screenings will be preceded by a short program of Neil Young concert footage.
Each night: 8pm, tickets $5, DeSeve cinema @ Concordia University, St. George Campus, Library Building, LB-125, 14OO de Maisonneuve W.

Let’s find out more:

Midnight Poutine: Why Neil Young—did your overall idea start with him, or is he just a good first move into music-meets-film programming?

James Larden: Really just a good first move, I'm a long time fan and a bit of a nationalist. Hearing "After the Goldrush" was an early musical highlight for me and I've followed him since. I remember when I finally got to see him live, at 17. I was so happy that I cried. That hasn't happened at a concert before or since.

MP: How is Mr. Young as a filmmaker, really? Is it more a curiosity for fans of the music, this side project of his, or is there more to be said for Neil as a filmmaker?

JL: His stuff's pretty raw, much like his guitar solos. He doesn't aim to please all the time. I think it is definitely a side thing for him, but the work is compelling, especially Greendale, and the score to Dead Man. The early stuff was unfairly dismissed upon arrival and it would be nice if it were more widely available.

MP: His early films have proven impossible to find copies of I hear?

JL: Well there’s VHS and the pirate online stuff. According to his people he's thinking of a re-release soon. But as any hardcore Young fan knows don't hold your breath. His archival musical releases are just getting out now.

MP: Can you tell me a bit about the Young film you will be showing?

JL: Greendale is the last film he directed (2003). It concerns the impact corporations can have on a community. It focuses on one family in a small American town. It fits in with the more activist work he's been doing lately. The really groovy thing about it is it was all shot on Super 8. It's pretty D.I.Y and that's what I like about Young, he just does things whether or not he thinks his audience will come with him. I mean here's a guy who's been sued by his own record label for not releasing material representative of himself. He's a real artist.

MP: Did the fact of the Constantines’ cover band inspire you to start your event off with a show/ launch party?

JL: I was thinking of the total package. I knew I wanted to focus on Young, I wanted to have a kickoff party, it just came to me as something that would be fun to do. My co-founder and co-director Anna Phelan was into it and she got the bands together. The Royal Mountain Band and The Patients really fit with this event I'm really excited for people to hear them.

MP: Do you start off everything you do with a blow-out party of some kind?

JL: At my old abode I'd just have the blow out, but yeah—I don't enjoy parties too much myself, but I get a thrill from knowing people enjoy my parties. So yes, I will always have a party to celebrate everything I do. I'm lazy, so I need to commemorate these things.



drew / February 14, 2007 at 05:36 pm
Nice lineup. I saw The Patients at POP Montreal 2 years ago. Their show was awesome.
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