Canadian Filmmaker Greg Hemmings has created a masterpiece depicting the subculture of summer festivals and the touring lifestyle. The film, titled A Head's Tale, was shot at several locations throughout both Canada and the States. No matter the venue, the country or even the headlining band, Hemmings brilliantly shows how people from all walks of life, whether lawyers or students, join together to enjoy music in the festival atmosphere. That setting encourages awareness of environmental and human rights issues, buying and selling of handmade wares, openness to drug use, freedom of speech and personal expression, a sense of community and, of course, fantastic music that's capable of altering/opening one's mind and getting feet moving and arms flailing.

Just like a festival itself, A Head's Tale has a healthy mixture of both the scene and the music. The film puts together countless interview snippets from many festival-goers, as well as musicians and organizers. It tells the complete story of why music festivals are important to so many different types of people. The interviews are insightful, humorous and fast-paced, thus keeping viewers intrigued and interested. A Head's Tale emphasizes the sense of community that is created through continuous concert-going, music trading and participation on websites such as www.jambands.ca. The instant bond that is created through music appreciation is a common observation made on festival grounds, and captured by Hemmings for all to share.

The music Hemmings chose to incorporate into the film is impressive and mostly Canadian. The film includes live performances by Grand Theft Bus, Jukejoint, Bullfrog, The Jimmy Swift Band, Adam Klipple & Drive-by Leslie, The Slip and Mark Wilson & The Way It Is. Also appearing on the soundtrack is the Aaron MacDonald Band, Big Fish Eat Little Fish, nero, Jomamma, Love Bug Tribe, Cable and Deisel Dog.

If you are new to this scene, A Head's Tale will certainly have you convinced to buy tickets for future festivals. And if you have been in the scene for a while, you might just find yourself or someone you know on the screen!

Visit IndependentMedium.com for more info, or to buy a copy of A Head's Tale.

Sharon Williamson
JamBase | Canada
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[Published on: 3/20/03]

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