I Am The Blues
2015, Daniel Cross, Canada, 107 min.
- Sat, Jul 22nd 7:45pm
- Thu, Jul 27th 8:30pm
"A film with the utmost cultural value, a must-see." — Matthew Ritchie, Exclaim!
"There is something miraculous about this patient little film...The director leaves ample room for the music, and it will take your breath away." — T'Cha Dunlevy, Montreal Gazette
Part oral history, part jam session, part back-roads odyssey, I AM THE BLUES journeys to the Delta country of Mississippi and Louisiana to seek out some of the last and most authentic practitioners of the quintessential African American art form known as the blues. Illustrious bluesman Bobby Rush serves as our unofficial tour guide, but the emphasis is on lesser-known Chitlin' Circuit veterans like Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, LC Ulmer, Barbara Lynn, Lazy Lester, Henry Gray, and Carol Fran. There are no big concerts and few onstage performances — most of this intimate film takes place in juke joints, front porches, parking lots, and pickup trucks, where we join the musicians as they hang out, swap stories, recall the past, and spontaneously perform spellbinding music that seems inseparable from their surroundings. DCP digital. (MR)