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Feist documentary to be released soon

Posted by Guest Contributor / September 24, 2010

Feist movieBack in October of 2008 at the Cameron House, just blocks from where she and Peaches once lived above Come As You Are, Feist played a secret show. A riddle poem planted online and on signs at the Rivoli revealed the details for those who were lucky enough to come across them. Hundreds of people showed up and jockeyed for positions in line, and I was one of the fortunate ones who stood just before the cut-off point.

I still get shivers when I think about how magical it was. In the small, packed backroom of the Cameron House, we sat tight in the dark until finally a light revealed Feist's silhouette. A paper screen separated her from the audience while little by little a shadow hand began cutting the screen that stood between Feist and her audience. Through the slips
on the screen - and as Feist kept singing - arms reached out and small lanterns were passed around as we became part of the art.

I was reminded of the secret show at Cameron House when I saw a trailer for Anthony Seck's Look At What The Light Did Now - a film documentary about Leslie Feist's journey to create and deliver her Grammy-nominated album, The Reminder.

The trailer begins with a voiceover by Feist: "With anything you put out into the world, you're fully shaping your identity. Ultimately, it's people who are going to be creating the things that then go beyond you".

Look At What The Light Did Now celebrates the artists and collaborators who worked behind the curtain, which Seck subtly suggests by using a slow-motion clip of Feist being lifted by arms taken from her "1, 2, 3, 4" music video. Like the make-up of an iceberg, the arms that lift Feist are a not-so-subtle representation of the many less visible artists - Feist calls them her "amplifiers" on her blog - who play a role in the creation of her music. The trailer brings to light: the shadow puppeteers, mural artists, music and visual directors, photographers, as well as collaborators and friends that helped in the creation of her last album.

Broken Social Scene front-man, Kevin Drew also makes a cameo. During an old clip of Feist dancing to a Gonzales electronic track ("This One Jam"), Drew is shown unable to contain himself in laughter. I would imagine that Feist fans will be equally as delighted with the release of this film.

Anthony Seck`s Look At What The Light Did Now premieres at Pop Montreal on September 29th. To watch the trailer and for information about future screenings, check here.

Guest post from Aldrin Taroy.

Photo by cathycracks on Flickr.



leila / September 24, 2010 at 11:19 am
Can't wait to see this documentary! And thanks for the memories of that awesome secret show at Cameron House... such a cool night.
Edward / September 24, 2010 at 09:25 pm
Of all artists, she really deserves fame. What a talented and amazing woman - I'm shocked people dislike her because of that little commercial she was in.

Also, isn't the documentary about the process of the Reminder and the creative forces behind it, as opposed to being about Feist herself?
Alvaro / September 26, 2010 at 09:00 am
I never went to the show, but I loved how your description made me feel as though I had.

"A paper screen separated her from the audience while little by little a shadow hand began cutting the screen that stood between Feist and her audience. "
That was very well written. Great stuff.
katie / October 16, 2010 at 05:52 pm
Absolutely amazing. This article makes me wish I could have been there, but I'm glad I'll get a chance to watch the documentary.
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