‘Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind’ Review: A Troubadour Looks Back

The singer-songwriter, now 81, is frank about his own work and refreshingly open to today’s music.

If you haven’t laid eyes on the singer-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot in a while, you may be stunned at the beginning of this straightforward, engaging documentary about his life and work, directed by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni. Now 81 years old, Lightfoot doesn’t resemble the curly-haired, oft-mustachioed, outdoorsy-looking troubadour of his 1970s heyday. Skinny, his clean-shaven face now long and almost gaunt, his hair straight and combed back, he looks like an aged underground rocker. Continue reading

Gordon Lightfoot Documentary To Hit Theaters In May

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired domestic rights to Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind.

Greenwich Entertainment has acquired domestic rights to Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind, the feature documentary written, directed and produced by Martha Kehoe and Joan Tosoni. A May theatrical release is in the works for the pic, which premiered at HotDocs last spring.

The feature from Insight, which produced in association with Canada’s CBC, explores the career, music and influence of Gordon Lightfoot, who went from rural Ontario choirboy to international star with such folk-pop hits in the 1960s and ’70s as “If You Could Read My Mind,” “Sundown,” “Carefree Highway,” “Rainy Day People” and “The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.”

Lightfoot received the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Canada’s highest honor in the performing arts, in 1997. Now 81, he still tours.

John Brunton, John Murray, and Allan and Gary Slaight are executive producers.

“Gordon Lightfoot is one of the essential singer-songwriters,” Greenwich’s Ed Arentz said. “Old fans and new will marvel at Lightfoot’s musical and lyrical mastery and just dig hanging out with the man himself.”

The deal was negotiated by Arentz and Murray from Insight on behalf of the filmmakers.

Greenwich, which released Nat Geo’s Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo last year, recently acquired Billie, a documentary about the life of Billie Holiday. That comes after it distributed a pair of music-focused docs that bowed in 2019: Andrew Slater’s Echo in the Canyon and Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice.

Source: Gordon Lightfoot Documentary To Hit Theaters In May – Deadline