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Thursday, February 25, 2010

RIDE, RISE, ROAR



I clearly remember seeing Jonathan Demme’s remarkable Talking Heads concert masterpiece Stop Making Sense on the big screen almost twenty five years ago. It remains my favourite concert film and I attribute that directly to seeing it in a theatre for the first time. The sound, the pictures and an over-the-top excited audience were the likely source for my cinematic sentimentality.  That being said, if you’ve seen it, you know just how extraordinary the document really is.

“RIDE, RISE, ROAR” is a new David Byrne concert film documenting the creation and staging of his extraordinary “The Songs of David Byrne and Brian Eno” tour in 2008 and 2009. The full length film is currently set to receive screenings on March 15th, 18th and 20th (see full schedule below) during the film portion of South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. Watch the full trailer here.

“RIDE, RISE, ROAR” screenings at South By Southwest:

March 15: Paramount (1:30 p.m.)
March 18: Paramount (Noon)
March 20: G-Tech (5 p.m.)

Directed by David Hillman Curtis, the film both explores the enigmatic musician’s creation of his highly choreographed stage show and shows performances from the concerts. The whole thing is built around Everything That Happens Will Happen Today; Byrne’s stellar 2008 collaboration with Brian Eno, and their previous work together, including with Talking Heads.

From the film website:
Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film blends the energy and charisma of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s most recent collaboration. Between the songs, the film achieves an unprecedented intimacy with David Byrne and the band, documenting behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals, and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process that led to the show's unique fusion of pop music and modern dance.
This one looks fascinating dear reader. David Byrne’s creativity clearly knows no bounds. Let’s hope the film shows up at a theatre near you.

2 comments:

The Mad Hatter said...

This flick looks like fun.

I saw STOP MAKING SENSE for the first time last summer, and like you my first time was on a big screen - a big screen outdoors no less!

Funny thing was how with each passing song, the place started to feel more and more like it was indeed a concert - people were dancing, clapping, singing...and some of the flashing lights in the city skyline peeking above the screen even seemed to be keeping time!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I can't wait to see this! The 2009 Byrne concert was one of the most amazingly choreographed that I have ever experienced and I would love to relive that, as well as to gain insight through behind the scenes footage. I may even spot myself grooving away in the nosebleeds!