A film that Neil Young starred in back in 1982, and has since tried to kill with utter abandon, made it’s debut at SXSW this year. To support the screening of the film, Neil Young himself decided to show up and attendees went bonkers.
A comedy, set in a roadside diner, starring Neil Young and featuring performances by Devo. Those were the core elements of Human Highway, a 1982 film that achieved a bit of a cult following. Now, some thirty-three years later, the film has been screened at the SXSW Festival, with Young himself in attendance. The film itself will tour around various theaters and independent movie houses before seeing a wider DVD distribution.
Neil Young stuck around the festival after the screening for a brief Q&A with attendees, to which he opened up a bit about his own personal history of the film. The original ’82 cut has been re-cut and remastered to make it look more in line with the original vision that Young had for the film. Now that the film has been restored, Young’s excitement for the project has reached newer heights.
It was never satisfying to look at, because I knew there was more than what we were seeing…I always wanted to make it what it could be.”
The last few months have had it’s share of ups and downs over the last couple of months. His latest record, Storytone, released last November to mixed reviews, and earlier this year, Young has been coping with the loss of one of his fellow musical brethren. Both his and Bob Dylan’s bassist Tim Drummond passed away this last January, adding to a slightly growing list of friends that supplemented Neil Young’s historic career.
Human Highway will be released to the public sometime later this year.