Johnny Cash, Yoko Ono and Jane Bunnett are among the artists to be featured in NXNE's 2012 film component, the festival announced yesterday. Yngwie Malmsteen's in there too, because NXNE is nothing if not democratic.
Jonathan Holiff's documentary My Father And The Man In Black, making its Canadian premiere at NXNE, looks at the relationship between Cash and his manager, Saul Holiff; Ono reads her own poem in Jerry Levitan and Terry Tompkins's animated short My Hometown. And Bunnett is the subject of Elisa Paloschi's world premiere Embracing Voices, which examines the jazz star's struggle to defeat depression and return to performance and recording.
Swedish metal god Malmsteen is among the subjects of Yasin Hillborg's Sa Javier Metal: The History Of Swedish Hard Rock And Heavy Metal, which makes its Canadian premiere at the festival.
Among the other titles announced for festival screenings were Once In A Lullaby: The PS 22 Chorus Documentary, about the Staten Island children's choir that performed at the 2011 Academy Awards; KMS: Jewish Negroes, a look at a trio of Ethiopian Jews who perform as a hip-hop band in Israel, and the intriguingly titled Slaughter Nick For President, about the curious connection between actor Rob Stewart's character from the syndicated TV show Sweating Bullets and the downfall of Slobodan Milosevic.
No, really. It said so in the press release.
NXNE 2012 runs from June 11 to 17. Festival passes and wristbands are available now at the festival's website.