Festival Express

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Released 2003

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Director:
Bob Smeaton
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Festival Express is a 2003 historical music documentary produced by Apollo Films and Peach Tree Films BV and distributed by THINKFilm. This is a chronicle of the failed 1970 cross-Canadian railway tour showcasing Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Buddy Guy, The Band, Sha Na Na, etc. Obviously inspired by Woodstock, the idea was to travel to several major Canadian cities, play a big day-long show at each, and collect a tidy sum. As with Woodstock, though, the dark side of hippiedom surfaced and there was a big hue and cry about the outrageous sums charged for the shows, so many people got in free and the promoters nearly lost their shirts. The train was a living hybrid that never slept the entire trip. Constantly awake on alcohol and drugs accompanied by many jam sessions. It was a never ending party; with an emergency stop in Saskatoon for more alcohol. The festivals while attracting many fans, sparked protests. People protested in the streets demanding the festival be free admission, which the musicians couldn't afford.moreless

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  • 100

    Variety Eddie Cockrell

    An instant ancillary classic for music fan.

  • 90

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    To watch the biggest stars of their time in casual conversation, trading riffs and passing bottles, without benefit of publicists, handlers and security goons is to relive an innoc...

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times

    There were greater rock festivals and there are greater rock movies, but nothing existed quite like this mobile bacchanal, nicely preserved in Festival Express.

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    Arts, Documentary, Music

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    Musicals, Independent