|| Print ||
|Written by Taryn Cheal|
|Friday, 23 September 2011 18:36|
Last year during the Vancouver International Film Festival, a few friends and I wanted to see a movie so we (somewhat at random) picked one about the Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Sexsmith. We had no idea what it was actually about but we had heard of the folk-pop artist and knew of a few songs of his. We have always been music lovers, so we figured it would be an evening well-spent. In all honest, we read that Feist was in the movie, and that is really why we picked it having very little exposure to Mr. Sexsmith himself. The film was Love Shines, a documentary about the struggling artist trying to break out into the mainstream music scene after a 20-year career in the independent music scene. Incidentally, this was the world premiere of the documentary and Ron Sexsmith and Bob Rock (a legendary producer working with Sexmith on his latest album) were both in the audience and held a small question and answer session after the movie, which was surprising to my friends and I who felt like party crashers amongst all these die-hard fans.
The shock of the importance of this viewing aside, the documentary itself was excellent, and I would highly suggest it to anyone who has the opportunity to see it whether you have any exposure to Ron Sexsmith or not. It follows Ron in the process of writing and recording his latest album Long Player Late Bloomer taking a risk with the venerable rock producer Bob Rock in the attempt to create a Top 40 hit, a dream he has yet to obtain after two decades of making music professionally. The documentary also looks into Sexsmith's life, including an intimate exploration of the family he left behind to pursue his music career as well as Ron's feelings about the life he has chosen and the life he lost. Throughout the movie, you learn more and more about a man who wants to legitimize his life's choices by gaining some commercial success nearing the end of an epic music career that has just never allowed Sexsmith to break into the popular scene. It is a touching and honest look into Ron Sexsmith's world as he continues to work in a harsh industry.
Tags: accident, bob rock, canadian, even my dad likes him, feist, listen to it, music, party crashing, polaris, responsibility, ron sexsmith, seriously, this guy is really good, viff