Sony Pictures Classics Picks up Jonathan Demme’s Documentary NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS

     October 11, 2011


Sony Pictures Classics has picked up the worldwide rights to Jonathan Demme’s documentary Neil Young Journeys.  The film follows Young’s journey to his hometown of Omemee Ontario where he played the last two nights of his solo world tour.  The documentary mixes Young’s performances with his trip back into town.  Neil Young Journeys is the third Neil Young doc from Demme who previously directed Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Neil Young Trunk Show.  I missed Journeys when it played at the Toronto Film Festival, but I heard only positive things about the doc from those that saw it.

Hit the jump for the full press release.

neil-young-journeys-movie-image-01Here’s the press release:


NEW YORK (October 11, 2011) – Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the Worldwide Rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme’s film, NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS from Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico.  Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn (RACHEL GETTING MARRIED, NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW, JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS) who served as director of photography.  NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS had its World Premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival to a tremendous audience and great critical acclaim.

NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS marks the third film between Demme and Sony Pictures Classics.  Previous films include JIMMY CARTER MAN FROM PLAINS and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED.

This past May, Neil Young drove a 1956 Crown Victoria from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall, where he played the last two nights of his solo world tour.  Filmmaker Jonathan Demme was on hand to capture the journey and both shows, highlighting new songs from the album Le Noise (2010), produced by Daniel Lanois, mixed with classics like “Ohio” and “I Believe in You” and previously unreleased songs “Leia” and “You Never  Call.”

In NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS, Young’s mesmerizing performances are presented in full, along with passages from the sometimes funny, sometimes wistful ride into town. Demme and Young previously collaborated on two other performance films, Neil Young Heart of Gold, which chronicled Young performing in Nashville, the year after he survived a brain aneurysm and Neil Young Trunk Show, which memorialized a Pennsylvania concert during Young’s “Chrome Dreams II” tour.

“I’m joyful about SPC becoming the distributor of NEIL YOUNG JOURNEYS. I had a blast working with them on RACHEL GETTING MARRIED recently so this is just a great homecoming for me,” states Director Jonathan Demme.

“With their latest collaboration, Neil Young and Jonathan Demme are a match made in movie heaven,” adds Sony Pictures Classics.

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