With North by Northeast coming up in Toronto in just weeks, the hype is being turned up on the film festival portion of the event. From the press release:
NXNE is featuring over 40 films this year, including feature-length docs, shorts, and music videos. All of the films connect with the music industry in some way - whether it's following bands from a variety of genres, chatting with music icons, or exploring themes of growing up, getting old, or being gay - NXNE has a film for every music critic.
Many of the directors, producers, and stars of the films are available for interviews in advance and/or at the premiere. Please let me know if any film stands out to you, and I will send you a screener and set up an interview.
Already buzzed about films include:
My Father And The Man In Black is the story of Johnny Cash's former manager, and Canadian, Saul Holiff. After his father's death, director Jonathan discovered a storage locker Saul had kept for 30 years. It contained audiotapes of phone calls his father had made with Cash, hundreds of letters and other personal mementos. Brought together from more than 60 hours of audio described as “eyewitness contemporaneous accounts” of what happened to Johnny and Saul, this film will likely rewrite much of the history books. (http://nxne.com/film/film-program/#black)
Ghostface Killah & Toronto's Apollo Kids chronicle's Ghostface Killah's first time touring Canada in almost a decade. The Wu-Tang veteran takes to the stage while sharing his story with local Toronto youth from Parkdale. The perfect compliment to Ghostface Killah's live NXNE performance. (http://nxne.com/film/film-program/#killah)
Inside The Perfect Circle: The Odyssey Of Joel Thome follows Grammy Award winner and Pulitzer Prize nominated composer and conductor Joel Thome, who collaborated extensively with rock icon Frank Zappa, and also composed for Steve Vai and For Pablo Picasso¹s only play. With performance by The Scorchio Quartet, and animated mandala artwork by abstract painter Harry C. Doolittle, Inside The Perfect Circle: The Odyssey Of Joel Thome is a feast for the senses. Director Chris Pepino, as well as Joel Thome, and the founder of The Scorchio Quartet, Martha Mooke are available for interviews in advance and at the premiere. (http://nxne.com/film/film-program/#circle)
The film, Embracing Voices: The Woman Behind The Music of Jane Bunnett - directed by Elisa Paloschi - will have its world premiere at NXNE this June. The film follows the multiple JUNO Award-winning jazz luminary Jane Bunnett as she journey's from a dark depression to create her most ambitious CD to date. Both Elisa Paloschi and Jane Bunnett will be available for interviews in advance and during the festival. (http://nxne.com/film/film-program/#embracing)
In world premiere of The Ballad Of Hugh the story of Hugh Oliver, an unknown – but older – artist trying to make it in the youth-obsessed entertainment biz is captured. Centering on a golden day of recording at Canterbury Studios in Toronto, the film is interwoven with interviews, animation, and music videos. Both the Director, Marco DiFelice, and star, Hugh Oliver, are available in advance of the premiere. (http://nxne.com/film/film-program/#hugh)