Long Time Running



St. Anthony Main Theatre 3 Sat, Dec 2, 2017 7:00 PM
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General Public:FREE
Film Info
Release Year:2017
Runtime:97 min
Director:Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Cinematographer:Nicholas de Pencier
Editor:Roland Schlimme
Composer:The Tragically Hip


Director Jennifer Baichwal and Cinematographer Nick de Pencier Attending!

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To honor Gord Downie’s memory, we encourage attendees to consider a donation to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund, which embodies Downie’s commitment to improving the lives of First Peoples and to Canada’s reconciliation efforts. This commitment was the subject of Downie’s last Juno-award-winning album, the Secret Path, and is part of the call to action in the Long Time Running documentary. Donations can be made at - downiewenjack.ca/contribute/support-us.

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 35th anniversary of the Documentary Organization of Canada, 35 Canadian embassies and consulates around the world will screen Long Time Running on December 2 and 3. Join the Film Society, The Current, and the Consulate General of Canada in Minneapolis (and Canadian partner Documentary Organization of Canada), to honor legendary Canadian band, the Tragically Hip; its frontman, Gord Downie; and the artistry of Canadian documentary filmmakers and their contribution to world cinema.

Long Time Running is a feature documentary film that follows The Tragically Hip’s iconic 2016 Man Machine Poem cross-Canada tour and final concert in their hometown of Kingston, after the band’s announcement that lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer.

The film begins at the press conference announcing Downie’s illness, and we learn from doctors James Perry and D.J. Cook about his diagnosis and prognosis, neither of which remotely suggest the possibility of an ambitious arena tour for Canada’s most popular band. Downie’s memory is severely compromised from brain surgery, and the ongoing chemotherapy and radiation treatments are exhausting and debilitating. Through interviews with Downie, his brother Patrick, bandmates Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Johnnie Fay and Gord Sinclair, as well as managers and key crew, we follow the improbable, courageous and inspiring journey of a tour which happened through sheer force of will, determination and grace, too—along with the deep mutual dedication between the band and their fans. The tour sells out in minutes as the nation prepares for a rock and roll reckoning for the ages.

Blending interviews, verite´, intimate behind-the-scenes moments, abstraction, fan testimonials, audience experience and performance footage, we chart the path from the first tenuous rehearsal in Toronto to the triumphant rendition of Ahead By A Century in Kingston, watched by 11.7 million Canadians, the second largest broadcast audience in Canadian history. We go across the country, from Heriot Bay to Gros Morne to Moosonee to explore this shared national experience. The band and the “tour family” of technicians and managers reflect on their long careers as they cross the country like they have so many times before, with the poignancy of the probable finality of this trip threatening to well up and overtake the moment. And the fans reflect on what this band and their music means to them.

Music is how we express the part of us that is difficult to articulate - the place deep inside us where identity and soul reside. For a generation, the Hip, more than any other band in this country, have given us a kind of national soundtrack: we have taken their music and woven it into what it means to be Canadian. With their mix of unpretentious grit and heartbreakingly beautiful poetic turns, they have mapped a historical, geographic and emotional landscape with unexpected candour and intimacy. The 2016 Man Machine Poem tour provided a collective moment for all of us to celebrate, appreciate, mourn and reflect. Long Time Running attempts to capture that moment in all its complexity and freeze it in time.




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