Damo Suzuki – Photo: Michelle Heighway / Energy: A documentary on Damo Suzuki
Director Michelle Highway and his production outfit i4visuals are now crowdfunding to raise funds to complete post-production on Energy: a documentary on Damo Suzuki.
The five-year film focuses on the life and career of former Can singer Suzuki as he battles cancer and tries to continue on an endless world tour.
Shot in UK and Germany, Energy: a documentary on Damo Suzuki takes the Japanese musician’s recovery as the frame into which Heighway’s camera leans intimately, trying to make sense of Suzuki’s expressionist approach to music composition and how it has shaped his life and career.
The film examines the past, present and future of influential Suzuki music, from its beginnings with the legendary group CAN to its singular take on life, creativity and protest. âEnergy is a wonderful story of hope,â says Heighway. “It’s a personal portrait of an iconic musician, a nomad and a person who connects others all over the world.”
Despite the obstacles – both personal and professional – Heighway, the director of acclaimed documentary feature films Mr. Someone, finds an optimism in her subject which is as cathartic for Suzuki as it is therapeutic for her.
“I healed a lot during the process [of making the film] and feel that I can convey to others how important our life is; how important it is to live in the moment and to live well.
âI became more obsessed with the organic and healthy lifestyle. Being grounded and walking a lot more to create more energy in my own body. And I understand better the power of positive thinking. I have always been into visualization and positive affirmations.
Currently, the film is in post-production with Heighway and his team seeking funding to complete sound mixing, mastering and color / sound correction, as well as to cover music licensing fees, graphics and distribution. More details can be found on the film’s crowdfunding page here.