In Neil Young Journeys, Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme embarks on a road trip with Young in his 1956 Crown Victoria as he drives from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto’s iconic Massey Hall to perform the last two nights of his solo world tour. A long-time fan and collaborator, Demme captures Young recounting insightful and introspective tales of his childhood and masterfully weaves them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of earlier Young classics. Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist.
We sat down at a roundtable interview with Demme to talk about the inspiration behind his most recent collaboration with Young. He told us what attracts him to artists like Young, David Byrne and Robyn Hitchcock who write words that are almost scripts in themselves, how filmmaking for him is all about following his enthusiasm, and why he is in awe of Young and what he has contributed musically to the world. He also discussed the sound technology behind Neil Young Journeys and why he considers this the most autobiographical piece of all. Hit the jump for the interview.