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In 1971, shortly after the demise of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, an aspiring filmmaker by the name of Bernard Shakey (aka Neil Young) set out to document the creation of a new record, a country rock album featuring “the Stray Gators”, a group of esteemed session musicians, as well as the London Symphony Orchestra, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, and a collection of new songs by the 25-year-old Canadian. That album – Harvest – was panned by Rolling Stone but went on to become the best selling l.p. of 1972 and is now regularly cited on “best ever” lists. Songs include Heart of Gold, Old Man, The Needle and the Damage Done, A Man Needs A Maid and of course the title track.

This behind-the-scenes film has never been seen before now, and includes performances from most of the album tracks.

In addition to the film, the event includes a recorded introduction by Neil Young.


Bernard Shakey


Neil Young, Jack Nitzsche, Ben Keith, Tim Drummond, Kenny Buttrey, John Harris

Country of Origin






125 min

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Saturday December 10

9:00 pm
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4:00 pm
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Friday December 23

8:40 pm
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Gary Ward