Neil Young Concert Film ‘Life’ Headed for Big Screen
Neil Young's 'Life’ concert film documentary will premier at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 12. The last in a trilogy of films created with director Jonathan Demme, ‘Life’ follows the Canadian rock legend during his recent Le Noise solo tour.
The documentary zooms in on a pair of performances that Young did earlier this year at Massey Hall, the revered performing arts theater in the garden district of downtown Toronto. Some of you may remember Massey Hall as the home of Young’s legendary solo acoustic performance in 1971, which was officially released in 2007.
American filmmaker Demme, the man who directed ‘Silence Of The Lambs,’ is obviously a major Neil Young fan. His first two films with Young, 2006's ‘Heart of Gold’ and 2009's ‘Trunk Show,’ each revealed in different ways how the subject's distinctive guitar work, personal lyrics and signature voice earned him the ‘Godfather of Grunge’ title.
Young is one of the newly named mavericks that will take part in programs at the Toronto festival, and both he and Demme will appear in conversation after a screening of the concert film. Documentaries on Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam and U2 will also be screened during the festival -- but be forewarned, tickets are reportedly hard to come by.