Its a deep, detailed look at an intriguing musical journey, told through archival footage and interviews with Walker, his collaborators and fans especially those among the pop-music glitterati, including David Bowie, Brian Eno, Damon Albarn and Sting, which comprise some of the best sequences in the film. By focusing on the music and eschewing the sort of Behind the Music melodrama that usually drives such efforts, Kijak succeeds in revealing Walker as a challenging and iconoclastic artist who gave up commercial success and widespread acclaim to chase a bracing and unique musical vision. Whether you love Walkers music or hate it, its nearly impossible to come away without appreciating his influence and impact.
The film opens tonight at Starz FilmCenter, 900 Auraria Parkway. Tickets are $9.50 general admission, $7 for students and seniors. For showtimes and additional info, visit www.denverfilm.org or call 303-595-3456.
March 6-12, 2009