LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW

Look At What The Light Did Now
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LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW



Written by Molly Ashby
29 Monday 29th November 2010

Look At What The Light Did Now, directed by Antony Seck, documents the recording and tour of Feist’s Grammy nominated 2007 album The Reminder. Shot over four years, the film records the evolution of camera-shy Leslie Feist from her work with Canadian rapper Chilly Gonzales to world-wide pop star and household name. Focusing on the collaborative creative process that is seemingly integral to her identity as an artist, this is a documentary that illuminates the communal nature of art production in an eclectic, elusive style that perfectly reflects Feist’s music.

Clear from the start that this is not your average rock doc, chronology is supplanted by a sprinkling of interviews and photo/album art montage over more traditional documentary footage.  Opening with a dizzy performance of the title track, shot out of focus and magically lit, we are shown footage of the 2007 tour before going back to its recording in a French mansion and 2004’s Let it Die. Coming full circle, the film then returns to The Reminder tour and ends with the title track. 

By far the most striking and fascinating element of the documentary is the emphasis given to the people surrounding Feist: those who are usually hidden behind the scenes are here given recognition and voice. Though this is of course greatly thanks to Seck, the collaborative spirit is plainly of fundamental importance to Feist, who continually highlights the importance of the people who make what she does happen. In attempt to partially shade herself from the limelight, she determinedly delegates to hugely talented people, her ‘amplifiers’, such as the shadow show director Clea Minaker and lighting designer Mitch Mazerolle.  
 
A beautiful and unusual insight into the making of a million-selling album, Look At What The Light Did Now is a light, thoughtful and ultimately honest documentary that constitutes a further element of Feists’ ongoing artistic project ‘to make visible what is audible’
 
Look At What The Light Did Now is out on DVD with bonus CD on December 6, and includes the full-length documentary, six music videos, songs from a performance at The Cameron House in Toronto, and five live performances recorded during The Reminder world tour.

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