Hillside Inside 2016
January 29 - 31
Come Worry with Us
We're very excited to be co-presenting Come Worry With Us with the brilliant Guelph Film Festival!
This is a film about independence, art, and children--three things that mean a lot to us.
Violinist Jessica Moss and singer/guitarist Efrim Menuck are struggling to balance parenthood with making music in their internationally acclaimed Montreal-based band, Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. They are one of a growing number of bands to have accepted an infant (Efrim and Jessica's son, Ezra) into their touring life.
Making a living has never been more difficult for musicians: a downloading generation has shattered the economics of the music industry, and constant touring has become synonymous with economic survival. Touring with children is both costly and complicated, yet Jessica and Efrim, and fellow band mates Sophie Trudeau, Thierry Amar and Dave Payant, are determined to blend family life, being on the road, and the band's deep political commitment.
As SMZ perseveres in making art and an honest living, we follow Jessica as she discovers the parallel path that mothers can find themselves on while attempting to pursue artistic endeavours along with their peers.
Against a backdrop of intense competition and rapid technological change, where corporatization of the cultural industries is challenging the very notion of freedom, and where the distinction between life and work is constantly blurred, the film follows a growing generation of globalized artists – struggling to remain "self made" in spite of unprecedented economic precariousness. Like canaries in the coal mine, today’s artists are pioneers of the New Economy, where self-employment and self-promotion have replaced job security, and uncertainty becomes a way of life for all.
Sunday, January 31st at 1:00pm