via press release:
THE WHITE STRIPES STRIP DOWN ACROSS CANADA IN NEW DOCUMENTARY
THE WHITE STRIPES: UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS
TO PREMIERE ON SHOWTIME®, AUGUST 5TH AT 8:00 PM ET/PT
LOS ANGELES, CA – (August 2, 2010) – Platinum-selling, Grammy® Award-winning rock duo The White Stripes take viewers and fans on an intimate road trip in the new documentary THE WHITE STRIPES: UNDER GREAT WHITE NORTHERN LIGHTS, which takes a rare, unprecedented journey along with Jack and Meg White as they traverse Canada. Playing at big arenas and unheard of local venues (i.e. a bowling alley, flour mill, youth center and city bus) for native audiences – some of whom have never heard of the chart-topping band – in provinces like British Columbia, Vancouver, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. The film premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival and will make its premium television debut on SHOWTIME on Thursday, August 5th at 8 PM ET/PT.
Directed by Emmett Malloy (who worked on several of the band’s music videos) and shot during the summer of 2007, the stark, raw, black-and-white footage features live sets interspersed with revealing interviews. At times, the pair lay themselves bare as they chronicle their nearly 15-year partnership’s humble Detroit rock roots and rise to unlikely international stardom. The film culminates with a momentous, arena-busting 10th anniversary performance at the legendary Savoy Theater in Glace Bay where the band tears the house down with favorite Stripes hits, including “Seven Nation Army,” “Jolene,” “Icky Thump,” “Blue Orchid,” “Fell In Love With A Girl,” “My Doorbell” and “We Are Going To Be Friends.”
The White Stripes unique sound mixes classic blues with lively and vibrant punk-rock. Comprised solely of singer/guitarist Jack White and drummer Meg White, the group became rock stars and Grammy winners in only a few short years, playing their first show in July 1997. Their first two albums — The White Stripes and De Stijl — were home-recorded collections of rock, acoustic folk and blues and included covers of favorite Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan and Son House songs. With 2001's White Blood Cells and 2003’s Elephant, the band firmly established themselves as international indie powerhouses -- their trademark red and white-striped fashion style was sported by fans worldwide. In August 2003, Jack White was named #17 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. In 2004, Elephant took two home Grammy awards for Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song for "Seven Nation Army." Later that year, White produced country legend Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose.
The duo nabbed another Best Alternative Music Album at the 2006 Grammy Awards for Get Behind Me Satan and in 2007 released Icky Thump, which was nominated for four more Grammys including Best Alternative Music Album and Best Rock Song. Jack White also has appeared in several films including a small part in 2003's Cold Mountain, Jim Jarmusch's Coffee and Cigarettes (with Meg) the same year and as Elvis Presley in the 2007 comedy Walk Hard.