The Five Streams of NXNE: Film
North by Northeast is just two weeks away! In preparation for the massive arts festival that’s taking place in downtown Toronto from June 10th to 16th, we’re taking a close look at each of the Five Streams of NXNE. We’ve already covered the art and interactive portions of the event, so now let’s check out film.
NXNE Film will last from the 13th to the 16th, during which 30 movies of various genres will be screened at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. NXNE Art will also be screening creative projections and installations around the city, but if you want a more traditional movie experience, Bloor Cinema is the place you’ll want to be.
I’m sure I sound like a broken record when talking about NXNE, but once again this stream seems to offer a little something for everyone. Whether you like blues, punk, classic rock, or experimental music, you’ll be able to find a film you’ll want to see. BB King–The Life of Riley is one that I’m especially looking forward to. The documentary–which is narrated by Morgan Freeman!–examines the life of blues legend BB King, and should offer an insightful look at a fascinating and extremely influential musician. Add in the fact that the film features interviews with a ton of great musicians and other famous folks, including Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Bill Cosby, and Ronnie Wood, and it becomes clear that we’ve got a true winner on our hands here. I’m not going to miss this one.
A couple others that have me really excited are Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?, which focuses on “the iconic Abbey Road crosswalk,” and Alone Up There, “a feature length doc on the culture of standup.” I’m definitely hoping to be in the theater munching on some popcorn during these screenings.