SHAKEY FEST: Journey Through The Past

“Neil Young’s first feature film cost some $350,000 and remains a sought-after artifact more than 30 years after its initial release. This documentary-fantasy hybrid combines footage of Young from 1966, when he was with Buffalo Springfield, to 1972 and visual non sequiturs like black-robed horsemen on a beach, a ‘grey-faced dude’ doing card tricks and the dazed every-youth who starts out in a newly minted college graduate’s cap and gown and ends up shooting drugs by the sea… It included performances by Stephen Stills, Richie Furay, Dewey Martin, David Crosby and Graham Nash, and footage of Young living the life of a reluctant pop star. He grins his way through an uncomfortable radio-station appearance where the DJ mistakenly plays a Stills-era Buffalo Springfield song, signs an autograph for a motor-mouthed teenager (‘I already got Ringo’s and everybody else’s’), talks about his early drug experiences, takes a drive with his girlfriend, actress Carrie Snodgrass and philosophizes in a junkyard.” – TV Guide

Dir. Bernard Shakey, 1974, 79 min.