File this under: "If I Lived In New York I'd Be There!"
Director Stephen Kijak's documentary about the famous troubadour-turned-recluse Scott Walker opens in New York City today! I really do wish I could be there -- but hopefully it will play in L.A. soon!
I first met Stephen years ago when we were both working on the indie film Ghostlight. I knew of Scott Walker and was a big fan, but it wasn't until Stephen handed me a tape (yes, we still listened to tapes back then! Still do actually...) full of very obscure Scott Walker tunes that I became a fanatic. Similar fanatics appear in Stephen's doc, Scott Walker â 30 Century Man", including executive producer David Bowie, who, I am told, may grace the red carpet at Wednesday's premiere. Other folks who sing the praises of Walker include Allison Goldfrapp, Johnny Marr, Jarvis Cocker and Marc Almond (who I went to see at the Bowery Ballroom with Stephen. Almond gave a mind-boggling performance worthy of Walker -- with a big dose of Judy thrown in!)
The doc got raves in the U.K. ("Exemplary...everything you'd want from a music doc. A definitive portrait of rock's most fascinating and elusive outsider." *****5 stars -- Time Out, London) and is sure to win more praise after its premiere screening this Wednesday, May 2, at 9:30 p.m. at the Tribeca Film Festival !
Screening location: Borough of Manhattan Community College (Tribeca Performing Arts Center), 199 Chambers St.(between Greenwich and West Sts.). For tickets click here
Synopsis: In an extraordinary career that spans over 40 years, American-born Scott Walker has been both the most famous pop singer in the UK and one of it's most enigmatic and reclusive artists. Emerging from a decade-long silence, the mysterious former teen idol has, at age 63, just released the most audacious and shocking album of his career; "The Drift." This film celebrates the artistic journey (and the amazing voice) of one of the most uncompromising and respected figures in music today and presents a rare look inside the most bizarre recoding session ever captured on film. From director Stephen Kijak (co-director of the cult favorite "Cinemania") and Mia Bays (Oscar-winning producer of 2006 Best Live Action Short, "Six Shooter").