Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Sidemen: Long Road To Glory

2016, Scott D. Rosenbaum, USA, 81 min. With Pinetop Perkins, Willie Smith, Hubert Sumlin.

Show Times

  • Fri, Oct 20th 8:00pm
  • Sat, Oct 21st 5:45pm
  • Sun, Oct 22nd 5:15pm
  • Mon, Oct 23rd 7:45pm
  • Wed, Oct 25th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Oct 26th 8:15pm
Chicago premiere! Scott D. Rosenbaum in person!

"An exceptionally entertaining and captivating tribute to the men and their music." — Joe Leydon, Variety

"A loving tribute that never feels indulgently fannish...Very highly recommended." — Joe Bendel, j.b. spins

Three of the most influential musicians you probably never heard of are given their long-overdue due in this behind-the-headliners documentary in the spirit of 20 FEET FROM STARDOM and THE WRECKING CREW. Associated with such blues giants as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, pianist Perkins, drummer Smith, and guitar hero Sumlin were instrumental in bringing the Delta sound from the Deep South to Chicago, where it became the electrified blues and spawned the revolution known as rock 'n' roll. Rockers old and not-so-old, including Gregg Allman, Keith Richards, and Derek Trucks, testify to their importance, while the three bluesmen relate moving and funny stories of their hardscrabble upbringings, flush times, years in the wilderness, and late-career revival, including a 2011 Grammy for Smith and Perkins (the oldest person ever to win the award). Narrated by Marc Maron. DCP digital. (MR)

Friday, October 20 & Saturday, October 21: Director Scott D. Rosenbaum, producers Tony Grazia and Jasin Cadic, and special guest Javik Smith are scheduled to appear. Steve Prokopy, Film Critic for Third Coast Review, will moderate the post-screening discussion on Saturday.

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