Cottonwood Premiere: Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind


Old Town Center for the Arts Mon, Nov 30, 2020 7:00 PM
Film Info
Event Type:Music Documentary Feature
Release Year:2019
Run Time:91 minutes
Production Country:Canada
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Martha Kehoe
Joan Tosoni
Cast:Gordon Lightfoot
Sarah McLachlan
Alec Baldwin
Anne Murray
Neil Young



Due to increasing health and safety concerns for our community, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the Gordon Lightfoot film, and all programming at Old Town Center for the Arts until further notice. We are deeply sorry for any inconvenience this may have created for you.  We will look forward, and hope to see you at future events.


The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with Old Town Center for the Arts (OTCA) to bring movies to Cottonwood! “Monday Movies on Main” will continue on Monday, Nov. 30 with the Cottonwood premiere of “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind” at 7 p.m. at Old Town Center for the Arts.

The film festival and OTCA have created a safe environment to enjoy films on the big screen, following all CDC guidelines and safety protocols. The OTCA has been set up with special physically-distanced seating arrangements and will be limited to 50 attendees. Special cleaning, disinfecting and sanitizing measures will be taken; and masks or facial coverings will be required of all attendees, staff and volunteers.

Movie concessions will be available, including beer, wine, soft drinks, water, popcorn and a selection of movie candy.

“Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind” is an exploration of the career, music and influence of legendary Canadian musical icon, Gordon Lightfoot.

With unprecedented access to the artist, the film takes audiences from high school auditoriums in straight-laced, small town Ontario in the 50s to the coffee houses of Yorkville and Greenwich Village in the 60s, through Lightfoot’s turbulent, substance- fueled arena shows of the 70s, and finally to the artist in present day. Lightfoot has sold over 10 million albums and been nominated for 5 Grammy Awards.

Aside from his success in writing, singing and performing his own songs, Gordon has been privileged to have his songs recorded and performed by other great artists including: Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Judy Collins, Johnny Mathis, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sarah McLachlan, Barbra Streisand, Peter Paul & Mary, Harry Belafonte, Jane’s Addiction, Richie Havens, Glen Campbell, Toby Keith, George Hamilton IV, Eric Clapton and many others. In June of 2012 Lightfoot's legacy was further enhanced when he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

The documentary features interviews from many notable voices in the music industry including Lightfoot peers Ian and Sylvia Tyson, Randy Bachman, and Steve Earle; famous fans Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee from Rush, Alec Baldwin, Anne Murray and Sarah McLachlan; as well as behind-the-scenes stories from members of his longtime band.

Following Lightfoot’s evolution from Christian choirboy to troubled troubadour to international star and beloved Canadian icon, “Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind” is an intimate and emotional examination of the artist’s profound relationship to his music and his Canadian roots.

“Every time I hear a song of his I wish it would last forever.” — Bob Dylan

“Entertaining and entirely legend-affirming” — The Star

“One of his country’s greatest singer-songwriters.” — The Globe and Mail

“You don’t get to 80 years old – especially in the Canadian music industry – without a few stories.”  — National Post

Because of limited seating, mentioned above, SIFF and OTCA recommend purchasing advanced tickets. Please call 928-282-1177 day of show to check ticket availability for door sales.

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