The Bernard Shakey Film Retrospective: Neil Young on Screen

AUGUST 1-4, 6, 10

“It’s really such a great thing to have this program of Bernard Shakey’s films ... He’s really an amazing filmmaker.”

For more than four decades, the respected singer-songwriter and rock-music legend Neil Young has been pursing an artistic sideline as a filmmaker. Using the nom de cinema Bernard Shakey, Young has directed unorthodox concert films, experimental behind-the-scenes documentaries of life on tour, and music-infused fiction features, including the anarchic, surrealist satire Human Highway (1982), now newly restored and presented here in a new, final director’s cut. Premiered in New York earlier this year, and including several of Young’s collaborations with other directors (Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man, scored by Young, among them), this first-ever retrospective of Bernard Shakey, auteur, offers a rare opportunity to discover another side of Neil Young’s creative genius, both behind and in front of the camera. It also reveals Mr. Young (big surprise here!) as a true Canadian (or North American) eccentric. My My, Hey Hey!


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Recent Showings

VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Young's apocalyptic musical comedy has been described as "if David Lynch directed The Wizard of Oz on acid."
Young's Greendale album provides the (lip-synched) dialogue and narrative for this homespun anti-war tale shot on Super 8.
Now newly restored, Young’s “concert fantasy” was filmed in San Francisco in October 1978 during the legendary Rust Never Sleeps tour.
Neil Young confounded fans with his now-rarely-seen filmmaking debut, a combination of documentary, fantasy, and art-house experiment.
The second Neil Young film from director Jonathan Demme is derived from two 2007 concerts at the Tower Theatre in suburban Philadelphia.
VANCOUVER PREMIERE! Young takes a trip to Europe with his new hand-held video camera in this raw, ragged 1987 oddity.
IMPORTED 35mm PRINT! Young’s brooding electric-guitar score is among the many highlights of cult-favourite Jim Jarmusch’s visionary Western.
Hollywood director Hal Ashby's hour-long portrait of Young is followed by Shakey's faux silent-era film, A Day at the Gallery.