I Am the Blues

Directed by: Daniel Cross
Canada | 106 minutes
Screenings
VUE Piccadilly
Pic. 3
Fri 23rd Sep 17:45

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At a time when the majority of America’s news coverage is sated with shallow individualism, I Am The Blues pulls us back into a more empathetic heart of the nation. Across several Mississippi towns, the old generation of African-American blues musicians open doors to their “jukes”, their music joints. These men and women sit on the porches they have occupied for lifetimes, reflecting on the music they have inherited and continue to produce. Scenes of mischief and joy are balanced with sorrow and a quiet pensiveness, as old friends wonder how this powerful music will live on. The camera never feels intrusive, just watchful. Director Daniel Cross only speaks a couple of times in the 140 minutes running time, making sure the musicians and their guitars fill the space. Lil’ Buck Sinegal says he can’t play the same thing twice, “You see what I played? I can’t play it again. I don’t feel it no more.” His declaration of “Once I played it, that’s it,” captures the genuine spontaneity of the musicians and, in fact, the filmmakers, who take the time to linger over these people and their landscape.
Runtime
106
Cast
Bobby Rush
Barbara Lynn
Jimmy 'Duck' Holmes
L'il Buck Sinegal
Carol Fran
Country
Canada
Director(s)
Daniel Cross
Writer(s)
Daniel Cross
DoP(s)
John Price
Producer(s)
Daniel Cross
Bob Moore
Executive Producer(s)
Mila Aung-Thwin
Bruce Cowley
Screening Status
UK Premiere
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