Studio buys rights to Demme-helmed concert film

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights, excluding Latin America, to Jonathan Demme’s concert film ”Neil Young Journeys.”

Deal with Shakey Pictures and Clinica Estetico was announced Tuesday. Demme and Elliot Rabinowitz produced the film, with Declan Quinn who served as director of photography. Executive producers are Marc Benioff and Bernard Shakey.

”Journeys” premiered last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s the second TIFF titled acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, which also recently bought domestic rights to the romantic comedy ”Hysteria,”

”Journeys” marks the third film between Demme and Sony Pictures Classics, following ”Jimmy Carter, Man From Plains” and ”Rachel Getting Married.”

The footage was shot in May at Toronto’s Massey Hall, where Young played the last two nights of his solo world tour. Film includes songs from the 2010 album ”Le Noise,” along with ”Ohio” and ”I Believe in You” and previously unreleased songs ”Leia” and ”You Never Call.”

Demme and Young previously collaborated on two other concert films — ”Neil Young Heart of Gold,” which chronicled Young performing in Nashville, and ”Neil Young Trunk Show,” shot at a Pennsylvania concert during Young’s ”Chrome Dreams II” tour.

SPC negotiated the deal with Young’s longtime manager, Elliot Roberts. Demme is represented by WME.

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