Heart of Gold is Jonathan Demmes intimate musical portrait of legendary singer / songwriter Neil Young, filmed on the occasion of the world premier of Youngs "Prairie Wind" concert at Nashvilles hallowed Ryman Auditorium last summer. Youngs music provides an emotionally rich view into this unique artists relationship to family, friends, mortality and the passage of time. Young is accompanied onstage by many long time musical companions, including country star Emmylou Harris, Neils wife Pegi Young and bandleader / steel guitarist Ben Keith.
DISC 1 "HEART OF GOLD" Video The feature concert film. "STORIES" Video A collection of Neil Youngs spoken introductions that were deleted from the film, including "Old King," the story of his beloved dog. "HE WAS THE KING" Video Features the sequence of the deleted song, "He Was The King."
DISC 2 "THE PRAIRIE WIND DIARIES" Video This verit?ocumentary follows the Nashville film project from early preparations up to the final two-night performance with exclusive behind-the scenes footage. "FELLOW TRAVELERS" Video A conversation with Jonathan Demme and Neil Young on their friendship and artistic collaboration resulting in the production of "Heart of Gold" (may include b-roll, film clips and still photos). "NASHVILLE CRUISE" Video A ride-along interview through the streets of Nashville with Neil Young on the first day of the performance (includes b-roll of production and Nashville). "FINISHING TOUCHES" Video A verit?egment captured within the New York sound facility as Neil Young and Jonathan Demme complete work on the final audio mix for "Heart of Gold." "FIRST TIME" **TBD** Video An excerpt or the entire clip from Neil Youngs early performance in Nashville of "Mama Dont Allow" on THE JOHNNY CASH SHOW. "FARM AID" video As a social and environmental activist, Neil Young brings the plight of farmers to the forefront as one of the founders of Farm Aid. Excerpts from backstage at this years event will be included.
Director Jonathan Demme (STOP MAKING SENSE) pays tribute to folk-rock legend Neil Young in this riveting docu-concert. Filmed at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, HEART OF GOLD offers an intimate portrait of this unique artist through his music and insights on family, friends, mortality, and the passage of time. The film is split into two acts; the former featuring songs from 2005's PRAIRIE WIND album, the latter drawing on four decades worth of hits, where he's joined onstage by long-time musical collaborators including country star Emmylou Harris and steel guitarist Ben Keith. For Demme--already a huge fan of the singer-songwriter--making this film was a labour of love, as he explains it, 'the marriage of music on film is just as thrilling as filmmaking can get for me'.
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