It’s past, it’s future. It’s a Western, about peace and love.
Neil Young’s new movie, “Paradox,” is unorthodox–and that shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Directed by his partner, actress Daryl Hannah, “Paradox” premiered March 15 at Austin’s SXSW festival and will be on Netflix beginning March 23.
The 73-minute film isn’t so much a movie as a “home movie,” said Hannah of her directorial debut of a feature-length film. Her short, “The Last Supper,” won a prize at the Berlin International Film Festival more than two decades ago.
In addition to Young, it stars Lukas and Micah Nelson, with a cameo by their father, Willie Nelson.
Young, as The Man in the Black Hat, and his band, the Promise of the Real, are outlaws living off the land.
He told Rolling Stone that he expected it to be a niche movieas were his previous quirky films, Greendale (2003) and Human Highway (1982), which was about a nuclear holocaust and in which Devo co-starred.
Original music from the movie is available on the Web on Neil Young Archives, as well as for sale beginning on March 23. The music set also includes previous works “Pocahontas” and “Peace Trail.”
Young’s other projects include the Archives, which contain all of his music and are free (although the site will begin charging what Young says is a nominal fee by June); a re-release of “Roxy: Tonight’s the Night” Live; a few live gigs with Promise of the Real; and a novel, Canary, that he is working on.
When he retires, he told Rolling Stone recently, people will know. Because he won’t retire until he’s dead.