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The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights

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On September 18th, the Toronto Film Festival will host the premier of The White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights, a film documenting the band’s tour across Canada in the summer of 2007.

Directed by Emmett Malloy, who had worked with the band on past music videos, the film captures a unique look into the on and off stage lives of Jack and Meg White through a series of shows which included not only traditional venues, but also matinee gigs at unusual performance venues – culminating in a momentous 10th anniversary show at the legendary Savoy Theater in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

The tour showcased in Under Great White Northern Lights was born shortly after the release of their 6th and most recent album Icky Thump, when The White Stripes embarked on a tour that would allow them to perform in every province and territory in Canada, from B.C. to Newfoundland to Nunavut.

With this goal in mind, the band welcomed Emmett Malloy on the road, providing him unprecedented access which enabled him to create the very visual and emotive feature length film, uniquely capturing one of the world's biggest and certainly most enigmatic bands playing to crowds in towns of all sizes across Canada.

In a captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, the documentary is a celebration of The White Stripes’ 10 year history, bringing the band full circle in their career to a place reminiscent of how they first started out; shows where no one knew who they were, and where they were left to make a first impression with their music.

With this compelling view into the band’s career, Under Great White Northern Lights will in turn allow fans to reminisce about where they were when they first heard The White Stripes as well as adding another impressive piece of work to their already stunning artistic cannon.

To view the trailer and stills from Under Great White Northern Lights, please visit: www.whitestripes.com/film/film.html.

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July 22, 2009 - Posted by | Music |

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