Tuesday, April 16, 2013

STEVIE NICKS at TIFF: Canadian Premiere of "In Your Dreams" (Reviews / Photos)

Stevie Nicks was in Toronto this week ahead of Fleetwood Mac’s show Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre
by Erin Criger

The singer was promoting her new documentary In Your Dreams. The movie, filmed with Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, follows Nicks as she makes her 2011 album, also called In Your Dreams.

The Canadian premiere was held at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Monday night.

“We got stuff that nobody ever gets. We got the actual writing of the songs – nobody ever gets that, because you usually don’t let anybody in while you’re doing it,” Nicks told CityNews at the Lightbox.

“Everybody got a camera. There were like 12 people there with a camera,” Nicks said.

Nicks said Stewart persuaded her to make the documentary and to film it in her house. At first, she said, they were only going to record the album at her home.

When he proposed the idea, she said, “Are you serious? Are you kidding? You mean I have to put makeup on every day?”

She said Stewart promised that if she didn’t like the footage, they wouldn’t use it.

“It was a promise made between the caterpillar and Alice. And I knew it was true,” Nicks said.

In Your Dreams will play at the Lightbox until April 18.

Stevie Nicks promotes ‘In Your Dreams’ documentary in Toronto

Words and Photos by Ryan Emberley - Check out more at CDaily
The doors of the TIFF Bell Lightbox open and in saunters the gypsy queen of rock & roll herself: Stevie Nicks.

Flanked by bodyguards, media pit at the ready-- it was a picture-perfect moment. Nicks, 64, still does Margi Kent proud; garbed in black, fingerless leather gloves, and killer platform boots.

It was a whirlwind tour of Toronto for Nicks, who was in town Monday evening for the Canadian premiere of her new documentary, Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams, and later, the Toronto leg of Fleetwood Mac’s world tour. 

Bandmates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie also turned up for the premiere – arriving late and sneaking quietly into their seats.

The film, directed by Nicks and Dave Stewart, is a 112 minute song-by-song telling of the creative process behind the making of Nicks’ most recent album, also titled In Your Dreams.

It is, perhaps, mislabeled as a documentary. Verging on indulgent at times, the film is a great window into Nicks’ magical world for superfans, but perhaps a bit too long, and self-serving for the average film viewer expecting a classic documentary. 

That said, there’s a lot for the casual fan to love. Reese Witherspoon makes a cameo and helps Nicks pen a song.  And there’s a lot of humour – something not often seen from a rocktar of Nicks’ caliber. 

Nicks comes off as a motley cocktail of self-awareness – equally humble and vain. In one breath, she shows an awe-inspiring empathic ability to connect and relate. In another, she unabashedly trumpets her own rock & roll legacy.

“You wouldn’t say that to Dylan,” she says… more than once (usually when someone challenges a creative decision she’s made). For most, comparing one’s self to Bob Dylan would be a faux pas, but for Nicks… it’s just awesome.

Off screen, the gamut of Nicks’ personality was also on display as she indulged the crowd with a duo of post-screening Q&A sessions. Nicks chatted earnestly about her career, the future of the music business, and her creative process as a writer. 

What an opportunity it is, even for a fleeting hour or two, to enter the world of a woman who has danced across the stages of the world. She’s a feminist, she’s a lover, she’s an artist, and now, entering what might be the last stage of a storied career, she’s a mentor.

“Your journey is much more important than what you come out with,” says Nicks, tearing up as she relays advice she received just before her mother’s passing. “You’re just making memories. It’s all you’re doing.”
Photos and words by Ryan Emberley

Toronto Standard

Toronto Star
Photo by itsmarky5

Stevie Nicks: In Your Dreams – Canada Premiere Movie Review - Q&A VIDEO COMING SOON
by Terry Makedon

Verdict 4 out or 5 – The ultimate voyeuristic trip into the world of a bonafide rock star. This is not a biography of Nicks that focuses on her epic stardom years but simply a window in one year of her life in her 60′s. The movie works for me as I am a Fleetwood Mac fan and thus by default a Stevie Nicks fan. I value having the opportunity to have insight into the life of rock icon and as far as rock star legacy goes Nicks is as good as it gets. Very compelling insight regardless of whether you are a die hard Nicks fan or not!

Continue to the full review with photos.  

Keep checking the website as the full video will be posted shortly at Tmakworld.com

Nicks chokes up talking about late mom at Toronto Q&A
Jane Stevenson
GETTY IMAGES/WireImage/George Pimentel
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Fleetwood Mac star Stevie Nicks says making her 2011 solo album In Your Dreams and the 2013 behind-the-scenes documentary of the same name was almost beside the point because the process was “so much fun.”

“I lost my mom a year and a half ago,” said the 64-year-old Nicks getting choked up during one of two Q&A’s following screenings of the documentary on Tuesday night at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto.

“And every since I lost my mother I really realized how important what you do is, and your journeys are much, much more important than what you come out with. And I look back on this year now and I think it’s so true. That’s all we were doing was making memories. There was no harsh words. There was no arugments. There was no friction ever. …I knew that we would never forget this year.”

Nicks told a packed crowd, which had included Fleetwood Mac bandmates drummer Mick Fleetwood and bassist John McVie before they exited pre Q&A, that documentary director and album co-producer-co-writer Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) talked her into filming on the second day of recording by reassuring her.

“Darling, if you don’t like it, we won’t use it, and that’s a promise,” Nicks said Stewart told her. “From that moment onward, I wasn’t worried anymore and the whole thing began with little flip cameras.”

The routine was that Stewart would come to Nicks home every day between 2:00 p.m to 8:30 p.m. (they moved his martini time from 4 p.m to 8;30 p.m.) and Nicks had to get up 4 hours earlier than usual to drink coffee in bed from 9 to noon, have a bath and do avocal lesson, and down a quick breakfast before Stewart arrived.

Naturally, filming meant a little bit more “girlie work’ for Nicks.

“I had this one blouse I liked and I just stuck with it,” explained Nicks. “‘Cause if I had to think about what I was wearing every day then that would really make the filming thing very uncomfortable for me. So i didn’t. So then I had to spend a half-hour putting on makeup and I had to blow out this really long hair 2 or 3 times a week instead of once a week. So it was more work definitely but after about the first two weeks I got used to it.”

The documentary had its Canadian debut in Toronto before moving its way across the country as Fleetwood Mac also makes Canadian stops at arenas. (In the case of Toronto at the Air Canada Centre on April 16.)

Nicks told media on the red carpet the current Fleetwood Mac show is “a big show. It’s different. I said to (guitarist) Lindsey (Buckingham), it’s disturbingly big. Because you’re in there putting on your shoes and then all of the sudden you’re out there on stage in front of 16,000 people. You have to kind of get used to that.”

Otherwise, she told the Q&A she was unaccustomed to holding a microphone as she took questions.

“Thirty-five, 40 years ago Lindsey said to me, ‘Oh, how very Las Vegas of you!’ And I never took the mic off the stand again. So when I hold the mic I feel like an idiot.”

Canadian Reviews of In Your Dreams - HERE and HERE

Check out inyourdreamsmovie.com for Canadian Dates to see the film "In Your Dreams"


Anonymous said...

She looks great. I love what she's wearing at the Canadian premiere.

Anonymous said...

Nice trailer! In the photo of Stevie shaking the guy's hand, she has the EXACT expression in her senior photo from high school... 47 years ago!

Anonymous said...

When I saw Stevie perform at the 1996 Heart Institute charity event, I was shocked to see her take the mic of the stand when she sang Landslide! So she HAS taken the mic off the stand since Lindsey said that!

Anonymous said...

I was poster #2. I just realized it's a lady... not a man... that Stevie's shaking hands with! Oops!

Anonymous said...

Wow she really doesn't like to think about what she has to wear, as she has worn that same outfit to every q & a there was!!!! Maybe it's the only thing that hides her unflattering parts, her stomach and ass!!!!

greg said...

Wow! The Canadian lighting really agrees with Stevie. She looks gorgeous in these pics. :-)

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