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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Quadrilogy: Yet Another Demme Film Coming on Neil Young?!

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In yet another interesting development recently at this week's Journeys premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, it sounds like Jonathan Demme may make yet another Neil Young film.

Also, Neil has just completed his first book, a 105,000-word epic tentatively titled Cars I Have Known. (Here's a look at some of Neil's cars over the years on Purple Words on a Grey Background)

But wait. There's more.

Apparently, Neil Young fans are 'uniquely passionate", "sound junkies", "geek/nerd/crazed fans", "obsessive" and "fanatics"?!

We just don't understand who makes these things up?

From Jonathan Demme Plans to Follow Up 'Journeys' With Another Neil Young Film - Spinner by Sarah Kurchak:
Neil Young fans are a uniquely passionate breed of people. They're genuinely devoted to the elder statesman of rock' n' roll, often obsessive about his catalogue, and they've been known to take things like sound quality and volume very seriously.

Jonathan Demme, recalls a run-in with one such fan when he was promoting 'Neil Young Trunk Show,' his previous film with the singer.

"We had a premier in New York and about 20 minutes into it, there was a voice in the audience that was just like 'Turn up the volume! Turn up the volume!' again and again. He never stopped railing. The audience was shushing him and the management came to me and said, 'Should we throw this guy out?' And I was like, 'I don't think so because he's right. It should be louder. I wish he'd shut up, but he's not wrong.' Then we did a Q&A and the guy got up and said 'This is an outrage! Neil Young himself would be horrified if he could hear the volume level tonight!'"

Inebriated sound junkie in New York notwithstanding, though, the Young faithful are usually a very happy bunch when it comes to Demme's Neil Young concert films: 2006's 'Heart of Gold,' 2009's 'Trunk Show' and the brand new 'Journeys.' The filmmaker knows exactly what the fanatics want and how to give it to them, because he's one himself.

"I am such a Neil Young geek/nerd/crazed fan myself and the people I team up with are all obsessive Neil fans. I think we want to make sure -- and we know -- that we're at the heart of the matter and we don't really risk too much criticism from the Neilsters."

Demme even remembers the exact moment that he first heard Young's music. It was a life-changing experience for him.

"First Buffalo Springfield record. It was like suddenly our continent had our own Beatles. We had great bands, we had Love from L.A., we had Jefferson Airplane, we had the Grateful Dead, we had the Byrds, all of these wonderful bands. But Buffalo Springfield, and Neil's songs in particular, took it to a whole other level," he says.

"I almost feel like, had Neil Young not done 'Broken Arrow,' would John Lennon have done 'A Day in the Life'? It was an instant passion for me, his music, and it's never abated. Album by album. Year after year. Film after film."

"It's the third piece we've done together and I guess the physics of threes, certainly in film or in books, you become an instant trilogy whether you like it or not. And if you've joked a little bit because you want to do another one after you've done, then you're stuck with the whole trilogy thing. But this is a stand-alone piece and I hope that we will turn it into a quadrilogy as soon as possible."

"I would love to collaborate with Neil on a film that didn't have any music. I'd love to produce a film he directed. I think he's such a brilliant guy. His creativity never gets turned off, and the idea of being anywhere with him and some cameras just thrills me to death."

More on Neil Young Journeys Film Premiere in Toronto.

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At 9/15/2011 06:01:00 PM, Blogger Matthew Lintzenich said...

I am a uniquely passionate, geeky, crazed, sound junkies who is an obsessive Neil Young fanatic. So at least in my case, it's right on the money.

Demme is officially an obsessive, crazed fanatic too, it seems! Right on! Neil Young movies galore comin' down the pipe!! Woooo!

At 9/15/2011 07:31:00 PM, Anonymous LRR said...

Demme finally said too much.....Neil will never work with him again :-)

At 9/15/2011 09:09:00 PM, Blogger TomCrac said...

Is it expected that there will be a limited (tour) showing of this film?

At 9/16/2011 03:52:00 AM, Blogger Homesick in Paradise said...

thanks for the link, Thrasher ;-)

At 9/16/2011 10:02:00 AM, Blogger viper said...

Have only seen movie "Heart of gold". If the two newest are released why aren't they in general distribution at movie theaters everywhere. How else are we supposed to support Neil if we can't see his films. I don't understand what's going on with all of this. I live in Baltimore Maryland and have checked with local theaters and they say they do not have these two new ones scheduled. How can money be made on these films if they aren't being released to regular theaters. Are they going straight to DVD? Need some answers, please.

At 9/16/2011 10:32:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

You're asking normal questions Viper that have been asked for years - about 'Trunk Show' anyway. I'd love to own it, see it, relive that awesome tour. But alas it sits on a shelf somewhere.

Perhaps 'Journeys' will actually be distributed.

At 9/16/2011 11:32:00 AM, Blogger andrea1bianco said...

Neil and Warner are a strange couple. Heart of Gold Dvd was a stand alone release. No music cd accompanying...For the Trunk Show, it seems that a cd release was neither contemplated. This is not a good business for a recording company. And probably the Neil management doesn't get enough too from his label for his releases.
Since ages, Neil fans don't see a complete release of a concert(Live Rust and Weld mirrored enough decently the respective tours).This is quite frustrating for collectors or at least for me.This is not a good marketing policy.I don know if I can put the blame on Neil or Warner or both.

So Tired.

At 9/16/2011 04:42:00 PM, Blogger asg said...

and we know the "inebriated sound junkie" was drunk Sober people can be obnoxious too...

At 9/17/2011 10:40:00 AM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@So Tired -
"Neil and Warner are a strange couple."

ha! funnny. Odd Couple, indeed.

Really have no idea what's going on.

maybe with all NY has going with LV, etc., he doesn't really focus on the ancillaries? Since he's so hnads on about everything, he can't just say go and put something out. If something is going to be released he has to devote attention to it.

just a theory...
ciao! :)

At 9/17/2011 05:12:00 PM, Blogger Jill said...

Hi all you uniquely passionate, obsessive and crazed geek/nerd devotees of the elder statesman of rock `n` roll, of course I`m none of those things ;)It`s purely by accident I happen to spend my Saturday evenings browsing TW...

One thing is for sure, whatever is going on with Neil and Warner,(or Neil and anyone for that matter) he is looking really happy and relaxed, lovely to see him smiling.

Let`s face it Neil is a puzzle inside a riddle inside an enigma, he works to his own agenda, we are merely the (obsessive and often bemused) onlookers...

At 9/17/2011 07:10:00 PM, Blogger Thrasher said...

@Jill - know that feeling. ;)

But actually, we've found that Neil fans are actually quite subdued compared to many fans.

If you start with DeadHeads and work your way thru bands and genres, Neil fans seem pretty normal.

Ever been to a Jimmy Buffett concert? Seriously, those fans are downright outrageous with their costumes, singalongs and pure drunkeness.

Anyways. We just like to ask... are you passionate? :)

At 9/19/2011 10:19:00 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Hi Thrasher, yes that`s true, and I think it`s because of who Neil is, because he`s unique and uncompromising, because he approaches his art with genuine feeling and intelligence, so he attracts fans who equally care to the point of obsession. I would think (hope), that the majority of people who go to see a Neil Young concert go to totally focus on his music and his performance. I know that`s not always the case sadly.

Oh, and in answer to your question - do I have to come right out and say it??!!! :)


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