A slice of “big city” entertainment comes to Portage la Prairie as Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment hits the play button on its Reel Event film series on Oct. 16.
Reel Event is an annual film festival offering critically acclaimed selections previously screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. Reel Event launches Oct. 16 with the screening of Echo in the Canyon and runs monthly with the exception of December.
Up first is “Echo in the Canyon” a retrospective of the birth of the California sound of the mid 60s.
Many of us — our kids, too, still listen to these timeless classics we enjoyed the sunshine by, mended our broken hearts to and generally found reason to relate to songs that defined a generation and continue to define life moments for those just discovering these incredible artists.
When the “Who’s Who” of a generation of music are asked what it was all about and how it all came to be, more than your ears will open when you hear the commentary and feel the vibe one more time.
Echo In The Canyon celebrates the explosion of popular music that came out of LA’s Laurel Canyon in the mid-60s as folk went electric and The Byrds, The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Mamas and the Papas gave birth to the California Sound. It was a moment (1965 to 1967) when bands came to LA to emulate The Beatles and Laurel Canyon emerged as a hotbed of creativity and collaboration for a new generation of musicians who would soon put an indelible stamp on the history of American popular music. Featuring Jakob Dylan, the film explores the beginnings of the Laurel Canyon music scene. Dylan uncovers never-before-heard personal details behind the bands and their songs and how that music continues to inspire today. Echo in the Canyon contains candid conversations and performances with Brian Wilson, Ringo Starr, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Graham Nash, Roger McGuinn and Jackson Browne as well as contemporary musicians they influenced such as Tom Petty (in his very last film interview), Beck, Fiona Apple, Cat Power, Regina Spektor and Norah Jones.
Here is the link to a trailer on YouTube:
Season passes are available now for purchase from Prairie Fusion Arts & Entertainment – six films for $48. You can also buy a ticket at Prairie City Cinema on the day of the film for $10.
“Echo in the Canyon” will screen at Prairie City Cinema on Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m. for the first film of the Reel Event 20198-20 season.