The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced this morning that The Tragically Hip documentary, Long Time Running, will receive its world premiere at the fest in September, just prior to its official theatrical release. The screening dates and running time at Sep. 7-17's TIFF have not been stated.
Placed in the prestigious gala section of the festival, the doc chronicles the lead up to the veteran band's headline-grabbing 2016 Canadian Man Machine Poem tour. The footage includes live, backstage and behind-the-scenes candid interviews with fans, friends and support staff.
Long Time Running is produced by Toronto’s Banger Films, in association with Shed Creative and Universal Music Canada. A production company co-founded by filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, Banger has won awards and acclaim for such previous music-themed documentaries as Metal: A Headbanger's Journey, Rush: Beyond The Lighted Stage, Super Duper Alice Cooper, Hip-Hop Evolution, and Iron Maiden: Flight 666.
The doc is directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, the husband and wife team whose production company, Mercury Films, has made such noted documentaries as Watermark, Manufactured Landscapes (winner as best Canadian feature at TIFF 2006), and The True Meaning of Pictures.