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Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Satan & Adam

2018, V. Scott Balcerek, USA, 78 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 3rd 4:30pm
  • Fri, May 3rd 8:15pm
  • Sat, May 4th 5:00pm
  • Sun, May 5th 3:00pm
  • Mon, May 6th 6:00pm
Chicago premiere! V. Scott Balcerek in person!

"This film is blues to the bone...has the best third act of any music doc since SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN."
—Joe Bendel, J.B. Spins

"The blues seep into every scene of SATAN & ADAM, a gritty yet lovely documentary. And even after the songs stop, the music's bittersweet emotions linger."—Ken Jaworowski, The New York Times.

One of the most unique and legendary partnerships in blues history was hatched in 1986, when Adam Gussow, a young white harmonica player, encountered the grizzled Harlem street musician known as Satan and impulsively asked to sit in with him. Guitarist/singer Satan (aka Sterling Magee), a former back-up musician for the likes of James Brown and Ray Charles, and Gussow, a Jewish Princeton grad who had dropped out of academia, honed their unique rapport on the sidewalks of Harlem. After being noticed by members of U2 (and featured in the film RATTLE & HUM), they became blues recording and festival stars in the 1990s. However, SATAN & ADAM is more than a heartwarming racial harmony story. Filmmaker Balcerek, a blues guitarist himself, stuck with his subjects for 23 years, capturing the full arc of a deeper, more complex saga of discovery, disappearance, and rediscovery that critics have compared to SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN. DCP digital. (MR)

Director V. Scott Balcerek is scheduled to appear for audience discussion on Saturday, moderated by Steve Prokopy, Head Film Critic, Third Coast Review.

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