Long Time Running

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Long Time Running
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Jennifer Baichwal
Nicholas de Pencier
Produced by Rachel McLean
Scot McFadyen
Starring The Tragically Hip
Music by The Tragically Hip
Cinematography Nicholas de Pencier
Edited by Roland Schlimme
Banger Films
Distributed by Bell Media
Elevation Pictures
Release date
  • September 13, 2017 (2017-09-13) (TIFF)
Country Canada
Language English

Long Time Running is a Canadian documentary film, which premiered at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival.[1] Directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, the film profiles the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip during their Man Machine Poem Tour of 2016,[2] which followed the band's announcement that lead singer Gord Downie had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.

The film takes its name from "Long Time Running", a song from the band's 1991 album Road Apples.

Baichwal and de Pencier, who have known the band for over 20 years, were asked to create the documentary just five days before the beginning of the tour. In an interview on the red carpet prior to its TIFF debut, the filmmakers noted that they had little opportunity to prepare, and likened the circumstances to "running away and...joining the circus."[3]

Following its premiere at TIFF, the film began a brief theatrical run. It was originally scheduled to air on CTV on November 12, 2017, but following Downie's death on October 17 and its announcement the following day, CTV advanced its television premiere to October 20.[4]

On September 13, 2017, ahead of its TIFF premiere, Netflix announced that the film would debut internationally on its streaming service beginning November 29.[5] This deal was not inclusive of Canada, where streaming rights will be held by CraveTV.[5]

On September 17, the film was named as First Runner Up for TIFF's People's Choice Award for Documentaries.[6]

The film was released on DVD in November 2017.[7] It is available both as a standalone DVD and as part of a box set with the DVD release of the Man Machine Poem tour's final concert in Kingston.[7]

Roland Schlimme received a Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Editing in a Documentary at the 6th Canadian Screen Awards.[8]

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