USA – 80 MINUTES - 2015
Twenty years ago Natalie Merchant recorded her first solo album -- 'Tigerlily' -- which sold five million copies and launched her post-10,000 Maniacs career. In those two decades both she and the songs from 'Tigerlily' have matured. Last summer Natalie re-recorded the 11 songs and on November 6th they’ll be released in a bonus package, CD + DVD called ‘Paradise Is There.’
The accompanying film – ‘Paradise Is There, A Memoir by Natalie Merchant, The New Tigerlily Recordings was produced by Oceans 8 Films. Natalie’s entire musical life is encapsulated in this very personal film, which digs deep into the music through live performances, archival footage, and interviews. Her fellow musicians, friends and impassioned fans share how the songs of ‘Tigerlily’ have influenced them over the past 20 years, and speak to how the power of music itself affects us in profound, lasting, and uplifting ways.
NATALIE MERCHANT STATEMENT
THE POWER OF THE SONGS FROM TIGERLILY
“ ‘Tigerlily’ is the most signicant album I’ve done. It went on to sell five million copies and really established me as a songwriter. I never tire of playing those songs. They are so resilient. Even though I’ve played them on stage thousands of times, they still have this emotional pull for me, they’re still very relevant. “
WHY WOULD I RE-RECORD THE SONGS FROM ‘TIGERLILY’
“Why would I make the same record again, twenty years later? Why would I re-record ‘Tigerlily’? I think we all have some experience in our lives that we wish we could relive. We think if we could retrace our steps and replay the events that the outcome would be different somehow. But how … and in which ways?”
THE IMPORTANCE OF THE SONGS TO THE FANS
“When I thought of marking the twentieth anniversary of ‘Tigerlily’ I asked myself who would be most suited to talk about it and I think it is the people who were most deeply touched by the album.”
July 30 - 31, 2016 - Regina Public Film Library
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- Toronto Sun
"Natalie Merchant celebrates the 20th anniversary of Tigerlily with new album and film" - An interview with Natalie Merchant
- CBC Music
Video interview with Natalie Merchant
"Paradise is There is [a] rather unique music documentary"
-Toronto Film Scene
"Through archival footage, live performance and interviews, the film traces the origins of the music and the impact the album has had over the past two decades"
- Spill Magazine