90 minutes – Documentary Festival release date: April 27, 2019 (Hot Docs, World Premiere) Release date: May 24, 2019 (Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, Toronto) Production company: Insight Productions Ltd. Canadian distributor: Kinosmith
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind explores the career, music, and influence of this legendary Canadian singer-composer. With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes viewers from high school auditoriums in small Ontario towns in the 1950s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the’60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance-fueled arena shows of the ’70s, and finally to the artist in present day. Featuring interviews with many notable voices in the music industry (listed below) the documentary follows Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon, Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind is an intimate and emotional examination of the artist’s profound relationship to his music and his Canadian roots.
Participants in the film are listed below in order of appearance.
Alex Shuper Kenneth Yan (Additional editing) Katharine Asals (Additional editing) Kelly Manchester (Additional editing)
Kim Lightfoot BC Fiedler Silva Tyson Ian Tyson Bernie Finkelstein Ronnie Hawkins Randy Bachman Anne Murray The Good Brothers Sarah Mclachlan Nicholas Jennings Alec Baldwin Steve Earle Murray Mclauchlan Geddy Lee Tom Cochrane Lenny Waronker Gordon Lightfoot Sr. Jessica Lightfoot Alex Lifeson Carter Lancaster Rick Haynes Barry Keane Greg Graffin
Gordon Lightfoot’s Wife Concert Promoter Musician Musician Bruce Cockburn’s Manager Musician Musician Musician Musicians Musician Biographer Actor Musician Musician Lead Singer Of Rush Musician Record Producer (Archival footage) (Archival footage) Guitarist Of Rush Lightfoot Band Member Lightfoot Band Member Lightfoot Band Member Bad Religion