Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Dir. Stephen Kijak
In Theaters 02/27/09 On DVD 06/16/09 Non-Theatrical/Institutional use available 07/01/09 Poster available 05/11/09
SCOTT WALKER: 30 CENTURY MAN is a rare glimpse into the creative world of the most enigmatic figure in rock history, and will trace the undeniable impact he has had on popular music through casual interviews with some of his biggest, highest profile fans.
We explore his fascinating trajectory, from jobbing bass player on LA's Sunset Strip, to his domination of the British pop scene that began in the swinging summer of 1965, to his transformation into a composer of true genius; an uncompromising and serious musician working at the peak of his powers.
At age 63, over the course of 2005, he went into the studio again, working on what could be his greatest artistic statement yet - and we were invited to document part of this process – a privilege no filmmaker has ever been granted.
Stephen Kijak enjoyed critical success throughout 2002-03 with the feature documentary CINEMANIA of which Variety reports is an "Unsettling documentary about civilians who virtually surrender everything else in life to attend up to five films a day. An unsparing look at obsession, denial and where to find the cheap seats in Manhattan." Stephen Holden of the New York Times declared it "a crisp, intelligent film."
An instant hit on the festival circuit, CINEMANIA (A collaboration with German filmmaker Angela Christlieb) was invited to some of the top film festivals in the world (Rotterdam, Seattle, Munich, Melbourne, Locarno, Edinburgh, Rio, Havana) and won the Golden Starfish Jury Award for Best Documentary at the 2002 Hamptons International Film Festival.
It has been released theatrically in the US, UK and Germany and on DVD via Welllspring. It has been broadcast in over 20 countries. His first feature film, NEVER MET PICASSO, premiered in 1996. Starring Margot Kidder, Alexis Arquette, and Don McKellar (and with a haunting score by Kristin Hersh),the film enjoyed a specialized theatrical run after playing over 15 international film festivals, winning awards for both Best Screenplay and Best Actor (for Alexis Arquette) at OutFest '97 in Los Angeles. The film was released on video and DVD by Waterbearer Films. Reviewing the film in the LA Times, Kevin Thomas wrote that it was "a smart-l ooking picture. Kijak is a director with a shrewd and amusing sensibility."
Kijak received a degree in Broadcasting & Film from Boston University's College of Communication where he studied with renowned film scholar (and Cassavetes expert) Ray Carney as well as the late Mel Howard. He is based in New York City (when he's not based in London).
As themselves Scott Walker
Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
Simon Raymonde (Cocteau Twins)
Jarvis Cocker (Pulp)
Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey band)
Richard Hawley (Pulp)
Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz)
Directed by Stephen Kijak Produced by Stephen Kijak
Associate producers Gale Harold
Avi Zev Weider
Director of photography Grant Gee Edited by Grant Gee
Sound by Joakim Sundstrom
Additional Interviews with Scott Walker, David Bowie, Brian Eno, Ed Bicknell, Jarvis Cocker, Neil Hannon and other music legends.
Studio Footage of Scott Walker recording "Buzzers" from the acclaimed album The Drift.
Studio footage of guitarist Hugh Burns at work on the album The Drift.
Walkermania - additional footage with Arnie Potts, Scott Walker memorabilia collector.
Catalog Number: OSC-008