This year’s NXNE will bring 650 bands to Toronto over the week of June 11 to 17, 2012. But there’s also a film component to get excited about, showcasing some of the best in music-themed cinema, and this year’s film program will include six Canadian premieres and eight world premieres.
One of the big treats of this year’s film programming is a Gala presentation of the new documentary My Father and the Man in Black from filmmaker Jonathan Holiff. When his estranged music manager father, Saul Holiff, passed away in 2005, director Jonathan found a storage locker of hundreds of letters and taped conversations between Saul and music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. The film focuses on Saul and includes previously unreleased footage of his life and work. Jonathan Holiff will be in attendance for the screening.
Also on offer is Brendan McCarney’s documentary Ages and Stages: The Story of the Meligrove Band; Marco DiFelice’s documentary The Ballad of Hugh about an unknown older artist trying to make it in the music business; a film about the indie rock scene in China, Down: Indie Rock in the PRC; and Embracing Voices, the world premiere of Elisa Paloschi’s documentary about Juno Award-winning Jazz musician Jane Bunnett. And there are many more films to see and filmmakers to meet – check out the full film program for more information.
Screenings will be held in several venues in the city including the Toronto Underground Cinema, NFB Mediatheque and the Royal Cinema. You can get a run down on all the films and watch the trailers here, or purchase tickets or wristbands for the shows here.
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