Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You - A Concert for Kate McGarrigle
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Film Info
Premiere Status:USA
Year of Prod:2012
Running Time:107
Original Language:English
dir:Lian Lunson
prod:Lian Lunson
Teddy Wainwright
cam:Matt Egan
editor:Lian Lunson
source:Horse Pictures

The music world lost one of its most beloved artists in 2010 when Canadian folk singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle passed away. Matriarch of the ridiculously talented McGarrigle/Wainwright clan—including onetime husband Loudon, son Rufus, daughter Martha and sisters Jane and Anna, her longtime writing and performing partners—Kate charmed discerning listeners with her singular mélange of Québécois folk music, overlooked gems from decades past and idiosyncratic originals such as “Heart Like a Wheel” and “Talk to Me of Mendocino,” all rich in lyrical honesty, naked emotion and heavenly harmonizing. Devastated by their loss, a gaggle of McGarrigle’s musical family and friends gathered at New York’s Town Hall in May 2011 for an evening of song, reminiscence and celebration. Rufus and Martha serve as endearing, if frequently teary-eyed, emcees, welcoming kindred spirits Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Antony Hegarty and Teddy Thompson to the stage along with writer Michael Ondaatje and, in a sweet bit, Jimmy Fallon. Highlights are numerous, but it’s tough to top Rufus eulogizing his mother with his tremulous vibrato on the specially penned “Candles.” Filmmaker Lian Lunson, whose 2005 documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man revealed her flair for intimacy and immediacy, once again favors uninterrupted performances, and alternates between subdued color, luminous black-and-white and family home movies. “My love has no reason, has no rhyme,” Kate sang, yet here the outpouring of unconditional affection for her makes perfect poetic sense.
-Steven Jenkins

Co-presenter: Noise Pop
Additional Information

Lian Lunson

Lian Lunson began her career as an actress in Australian films such as Dogs In Space (1986) and The Big Hurt (1988) before making her writing/directing debut with the television movie Willie Nelson: Down Home (1997). She then wrote and directed the concert documentary Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2005). Lunson is currently in production on The Boom Boom Room, a feature set in New Mexico featuring Christopher Walken and Shirley MacLaine.