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!