Now in its 18th year, North by Northeast Festivals and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for emerging artists and major-label headliners, for music filmmakers, and for digital interactive innovators bridging the gap between technology and the arts. The seven-day music, film and interactive festival will take place at multiple venues across the city from June 11-17, 2012. Bands confirmed for NXNE Music include the Flaming Lips, Raekwon & Ghostface Killah, Matthew Good, Of Montreal, Bad Religion, Purity Ring, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Young Magic, and Death Grips, to name just a few. The full schedule of events is available on the festival’s website: http://nxne.com/
NXNE Film will celebrate its 11th year alongside the larger NXNE Music festival. NXNE Film programs over 40 films from around the world, many of which are music-themed. Films will screen at the National Film Board Mediatheque, Royal Cinema, and Toronto Underground Cinema. "650 bands, 40 films, and more than 80 interactive presentations all happening in beautiful Toronto. I can't think of a better festival for "Randy Parsons: American Luthier" to be making its Canadian debut," says the film's director, David Aldrich.
"American Luthier" focuses on Parsons' transformation from aspiring musician to guitar-maker. The guitar had been Parsons' identity since he was a child, but after studying classical and jazz guitar in college, he realized that he would never make a living as a musician. So he gave it up -- he didn't even own a guitar in his mid-twenties -- and then one day he had a vision of how the guitar would come back into his life. Now he's creating instruments that are highly sought after works of art for clients like Jack White, Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. "This is a film is about someone who gave up their passion for playing guitars and discovered that they had a passion for making guitars. I believe audiences will be inspired by Parsons' story," says Aldrich.
"Randy Parsons: American Luthier" will be shown as part of a great triple bill of films screening at National Film Board, 150 John St, Toronto, ON, on Tuesday, June 12, starting at 4:00 p.m. Festival passes and wristbands are available now at the festival’s website: http://nxne.com/