Long Time Running follows The Tragically Hip’s iconic 2016 Man Machine Poem cross-Canada tour and final concert in their hometown of Kingston, after the band’s announcement that lead singer Gord Downie was diagnosed with incurable brain cancer. Through interviews with Downie, his brother Patrick, bandmates Paul Langlois, Rob Baker, Johnnie Fay and Gord Sinclair, as well as managers and key crew, we follow the improbable, courageous and inspiring journey of a tour which happened through sheer force of will, determination and grace, too—along with the deep mutual dedication between the band and their fans. Blending interviews, verité, intimate behind-the-scenes moments, abstraction, fan testimonials, audience  experience and performance footage, we chart the path from the first tenuous rehearsal in Toronto to the  triumphant rendition of Ahead By A Century in Kingston, watched by 11.7 million Canadians. For a generation, the Hip, more than any other band in this country, have given us a kind of national soundtrack: we have taken their music and woven it into what it means to be Canadian. The Man Machine Poem tour provided a collective moment for all of us to celebrate, appreciate, mourn and reflect. Long Time Running captures that moment in all its complexity and freezes it in time.


Directors: Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier

Producers: Scot McFadyen, Rachel McLean

Cinematographer: Nicholas de Pencier

Editor: Roland Schlimme

Country: Canada

Runtime: 97 minutes



FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival’s “Movie Nights Across Canada”

Opening Night Celebration


Thursday, Sept. 14, 9:00PM – VIA Rail Halifax Train Station, 1161 Hollis Street


What says Canada150 more than the original embarkation point on our national railway?  Come and celebrate Canadian film and music with us at the VIA Rail Station after “Long Time Running”. Walk the red carpet, indulge in some distinctly Canadian delicacies and experience a night to remember as you get set for a week of incredible screen entertainment. The Opening Night Celebration is THE event to be seen at as we kick off FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival’s 8 days of epic and unforgettable entertainment. This event is open to  “Opening Night Celebration” Ticket Holders exclusively.