As an internationally-lauded craftsman of song, Canadian icon Gordon Lightfoot has had a profound influence over fans and fellow musicians alike for over forty years. His is an unlikely, peripatetic tale that begins with his upbringing in rural Ontario, then moves to his musical debut in the burgeoning early-1960s folk scenes in Toronto and New York, to his massive arena concerts, to his struggles with substance abuse in the 1970s, and finally to his present status as mythic elder statesman.
Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind features disarmingly honest musings from Lightfoot himself, as well as astonishing archival footage which captures him during his earliest days of performing. Canadian peers and international stars provide further commentary, including Sylvia and Ian Tyson, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee, Steve Earle, and Randy Bachman. The film ultimately provides an illuminating and emotional glimpse into the personality and behind-the-scenes life of a Canadian legend. -DG
Runtime: 90 mins
Director: Joan Tosoni and Martha Kehoe