We speak with Jonathan Demme and Emmett Malloy at the LA Film Festival to highlight their new music docs, “Neil Young Journeys,” and “Big Easy Express.”
Emmet talks with us about creating his modern homage to “Festival Express,” “Big Easy Express,” and how he went about corralling Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford & Sons and Old Crow Medicine Show for a cross-country musical train trip.
We then speak with brilliant film master, Jonathan Demme about his third film with Neil Young and the unique inspiration for this voyage back to his roots. He proves to be as gracious as his films are stunning.
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BYOD is co-hosted by Ondi Timoner, director of “DIG!,” “JOIN US” and “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC,” and has the rare distinction of winning the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance twice, and Vladimir Radovanov, entertainment attorney, and executive producer of “WE LIVE IN PUBLIC.” Each week the show explores a different documentary filmmaker or aspect of filmmaking, with special guests and a live Q&A– diving deep into creative process and the business realities of producing and distributing films. Ondi and Vladimir share their insider views, opinions, and personal stories, welcoming audience participation. BYOD aims to entertain, inform, and elevate documentaries in general by bringing attention to films and film makers that deserve exposure.
Having worked extensively in videos and commercials as well as documenting surfing, the Malloy brothers have become a one-family juggernaut of music docs. They have chronicled the White Stripes, Jack Johnson, Oasis and now with Big Easy Express, Edwarde Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros & Mumford & Sons.
In addition to film-work, Emmett and his brother own Brushfire Records.
is one of the world’s most celebrated directors, having won the Oscar for The Silence of The Lambs, and created such classics as Stop Making Sense, Swimming to Cambodia, Philadelphia, and Man from Plains. He has worked in both scripted features as well as documentary and performance films, and netted similarly illustrious results from either genre.
His recent continued collaboration with Neil Young brings him to the LAFF to promote their latest film together, Neil Young Journeys.
00:01 BYOD from the LA Film Fest Red Carpet opening.
01:17 Big Easy Express with Emmett Malloy.
02:03 The concept behind the 2000 mile journey with Mumford & Sons, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.
02:42 Big Easy Express, trailer.
05:37 Access to the musicians; access with each other.
07:44 Big Easy Express, contrasted from filming the White Stripes.
09:22 Shooting on the train and getting sound recorded just right.
10:32 The cinematic plan of the film, and organizing three groups and a marching band.
14:17 What Emmett shot with.
15:55 A run-in with the police and finding drama.
17:44 The birth of the idea and “Festival Express.”
19:28 Equal time with the groups.
21:59 What’s next for the film and Emmett: A different thing
26:32 Neil Young Journeys, Trailer.
28:36 Jonathan Demme brings his latest Neil Young collaboration to LAFF.
29:14 The specific vision of this show and trip with Neil.
30:52 Recording and mixing the sound at a special level.
31:45 Getting shots from the microphone and ‘impossible places.’
32:37 The release plan for the film
32:42 Neil Young Journeys,” Clip.
34:17 BYOD credits.