Films We Like is totally stoked to present The Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective: Neil Young on Screen.
One of folk and rock’s most respected artists, Neil Young—under the pseudonym Bernard Shakey—has also been making films for over four decades, from concert movies Journey Through the Past (1974) to the fiction feature Greendale (2003).
This survey offers a rare opportunity to discover another side of Young’s creative genius, both behind and in front of the camera. The series of rarely seen films includes:
Journey Through the Past (1974), a road movie and surrealistic fantasy with Young and his musical contemporaries;
Rust Never Sleeps (1979), a concept ‘theatrical’ performance with Young’s band Crazy Horse;
Human Highway: Director’s Cut (1982/2014 - digitally restored), a wildly anarchic satire of Cold War America starring Young, Dean Stockwell, Sally Kirkland, Russ Tamblyn, and Devo;
Muddy Track (1987 – digitally restored), a one-of-a-kind chronicle of a troubled European tour with Young’s band Crazy Horse;
Greendale (2003), a musical look at the lives and struggles of people in the small fictional town called Greendale;
A Day at the Gallery (2012), the paintings of Shepard Fairey come to life to tell a story of their own.
Solo Trans (1984), Hal Ashby finds Young at an interesting artistic crossroad, illustrated by an opening solo acoustic set that moves into a song cycle of his experimental and electronic Trans period, followed by a closing set of rockabilly music accompanied by Young’s band The Shocking Pinks.
Neil Young Trunk Show (2009), Jonathan Demme’s documentary of two outstanding performances at Pennsylvania’s Tower Theatre.
The Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective: Neil Young on Screen, which recently premiered at the IFC Centre in New York, will tour across Canada this summer in selected theatres, including an exclusive engagement at The Royal, Toronto, July 23-26, The Cinematheque, Vancouver, July 31 - August 10.
Screening dates for The Royal, Toronto:
￼￼Thursday, July 23
Human Highway: Director's Cut
Saturday, July 25
Rust Never Sleeps
Neil Young Trunk Show
Sunday, July 26
About Films We Like
Founded by award-winning documentary filmmaker Ron Mann (Grass, Comic Book Confidential, Altman) Films We Like is a boutique distributor of documentary, independent and international films in Canada. Recent releases include Force Majeure, Finding Vivian Maier, and the Academy Award-winner Ida.
Media contact: Emily Howell, Publicist, Films We Like, 416.971-9131