Long Time Run­ning

Packet & Times (Orillia) - - ENTERTAINMENT - (out of 5) Di­rec­tor: Star­ring: Run­ning time:

Jen­nifer Baich­wal, Ni­cholas de Pencier Gord Downie, Paul Lan­glois, Gord Sin­clair, Bobby Baker 1 hours, 37 min.

footage of weep­ing fans.

The film doesn’t dig too far back into the band’s his­tory be­cause, again, this is a movie made for Hip fans. They know how the Hip rose to do­mes­tic star­dom and sell-out sta­di­ums. These peo­ple helped the band get there, af­ter all.

If you’re a Hip fan, be pre­pared to cry. If you’re not, bring Kleenex any­way. Two ex­cep­tional mo­ments in Long Time Run­ning are not enough to trans­form the film from just an­other con­cert doc­u­men­tary to some­thing much more spe­cial, but they cer­tainly help. The first is an in­ter­view with Karyn Ruiz, the de­signer of Downie’s iconic hat. As she ex­plains her process in some de­tail, she care­fully and lov­ingly en­velops a piece of fabric in­scribed with two of her favourite Hip lyrics in­side of the ac­ces­sory. It’s a unique, in­ti­mate and lovely mo­ment of a fan find­ing her own way to con­nect with a beloved mu­si­cian.

The other mo­ment in­volves Downie kiss­ing fel­low tour mates and com­pan­ions af­ter each show. This in­cludes men. And all on the lips. We’re not talking quick pecks here, ei­ther, but full-on, pas­sion­ate smooches that defy the usual pro­tec­tive guard straight men keep up lest they are ac­cused of be­ing gay. It’s a won­der­ful ges­ture that speaks to Downie’s sig­na­ture com­mit­ment to au­then­tic­ity — not only as an artist but as a per­son, and the way it in­spires ev­ery­one around him.

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