The upcoming Neil Young concert documentary set to premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 12, has undergone a name change. Previously billed as ‘Life,’ the documentary now appears to be operating under the title of ‘Neil Young Journeys.’ There has also been a preview clip released for you to view below.
The new film closes out a trilogy of collaborative visual releases from Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director has been lensing Young’s more recent work in a variety of settings, most recently with the excellent ‘Trunk Show’ film, released in 2009, which combined both electric and acoustic performances captured during 2007.
The Toronto screening represents a homecoming for Young, who was born there in 1945. The concert footage featured in ‘Neil Young Journeys’ was filmed also filmed in his former stomping grounds, specifically across two nights at the classic Massey Hall concert hall.
The film also features footage of Young’s Ontario road trip, in which he drove a 1956 Ford Crown Victoria to visit Omemee, a small town where he spent a good portion of his early years. Although bulldozers and time have removed some of the familiar landmarks from his youth, Neil says that the visuals of those places live on in his head.
Notoriously a tech-head of sorts, Neil Young was in San Francisco recently as a keynote speaker for the Dreamforce conference, sharing details on how he has incorporated the Salesforce CRM application into the ongoing construction of his Lincvolt project, for which Young has ambitious goals. “We want to build a zero admissions automobile that eliminates roadside re-fueling entirely,’ he writes on the project website.
The preview clip from ‘Neil Young Journeys’ features an excerpt of a moving solo electric performance of the CSNY classic ‘Ohio,’ intercut with news footage of the National Guard on campus at Kent State University in 1970, the tragic events of which would inspire the writing of ‘Ohio.’
This year’s Bridge School Benefit will feature performances by Neil Young, Foo Fighters, Eddie Vedder, Arcade Fire, Dave Matthews, Tony Bennett and Mumford & Sons, Beck, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis and Los Invisibles, featuring Carlos Santana. Proceeds will benefit Young’s Bridge School, which helps children with severe physical impairments. Every artist will perform an acoustic set at the show, which will be held on October 22 and 23 at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA. The Bridge School was founded by Neil Young and his wife Pegi in 1986 after failing to find an adequate school for their son Ben. The annual concert has managed a star-packed bill ever since it’s first performance in 1986 with heavy hitters Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Don Henley, Nils Lofgren and a comedy set by Robin Williams.