Hip pro­ject came to­gether fast

Medicine Hat News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

TORONTO Mak­ing the Trag­i­cally Hip tour doc­u­men­tary “Long Time Run­ning” was a shot­gun pro­ject of sorts for its film­mak­ers.

“It started on a dime,” ex­plained co-di­rec­tor Ni­cholas de Pencier on Wed­nes­day.

“Five days be­fore the first show,” added Jen­nifer Baich­wal, the film’s other di­rec­tor.

That’s a rar­ity for the film­maker cou­ple, who pre­vi­ously worked to­gether on the 2013 doc­u­men­tary “Wa­ter­mark.”

But they say get­ting the chance to fol­low the Hip on their defin­ing “Man Ma­chine Poem” tour was an op­por­tu­nity they couldn’t pass up.

The doc­u­men­tary fol­lows the Cana­dian band as they em­bark on run of farewell shows and face the re­al­ity of Gord Downie’s in­cur­able brain can­cer di­ag­no­sis.

Un­like most projects, the film­mak­ers say this one came to­gether al­most on the fly. Downie’s health con­di­tion meant the band was never en­tirely cer­tain if they’d be able to com­plete the tour.

The duo say know­ing the Hip band mem­bers per­son­ally for 20 years helped them get ac­cus­tomed to the tour­ing at­mos­phere.

“It’s not that we wanted to do it, it’s that we were asked to do it,” Baich­wal said.

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