His latest music doc, picked up before Toronto by Sony PIctures Classics, follows 2006's "Heart of Gold" and "Neil Young Trunk Show" in 2009. SPC also released Demme's "Jimmy Carter: Man from Plains" and "Rachel Getting Married." "I've known them since the Orion days," says Demme, with such films as "Married to the Mob" and "Miami Blues."
Later Young called Demme and told him he was finishing his album "Prairie Wind," which became the basis of their moving Nashville concert movie "Heart of Gold." "That show was never performed anywhere else, only the two nights," says Demme. "The whole thing was hand-crafted. It was just magic." The costumes and backdrops in the show were custom-made. Demme also shot four shows of the 40-city Chrome Dreams world tour for "Trunk Show." Warners has yet to release the DVD, says Demme: "It's frustrating."
Demme and Young reunited at Toronto's Massey Hall in May 2011. Young performed a mix of old and new songs solo with an acoustic and an electric guitar and three keyboard songs. "There was no nobody," says Demme.
But the director wanted to shoot more than a concert doc, so he took Young on the road in his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria from his home town of Omemee, Ontario to Toronto. "He makes me think of what wandering troubadors must have been like," says Demme. "Like a Shakespeare company going around with new material by the same author. He has an amazing team of people who make it possible. He's an authentic creator, confident performing; he doesn't censor himself."