JOURNEY TO THE BACK ROADS AND JUKE JOINTS
OF THE DEEP SOUTH AND VISIT WITH AMERICA'S
LAST GENERATION OF BLUES DEVILS IN
I AM THE BLUES
Film Movement Opens Daniel Cross' Feature-Length Documentary in New York on July 12; It Will Also Be Available Day-and-Date
"Heartache never sounded so good."–Chris Knight, National Post
"Joyful and exultant" – Molly Laich, Missoula Independent
(New York, NY) — This July, join Film Movement for a vibrant, reverential, and nostalgic musical tour of the juke joints, back roads, and church halls of the Mississippi Delta with Daniel Cross' feature-length documentary, I AM THE BLUES. Diving deep into America's last generation of blues devils, the film takes the audience on an enthralling journey through the swamps of the Louisiana Bayou, the juke joints of the Mississippi Delta, and moonshine-soaked BBQs in North Mississippi Hill Country to visit with many unsung living legends of blues, including 83-year old Bobby Rush – whose latest recording, "Porcupine Meat," won him his first Grammy for Traditional Blues Album in February.
I AM THE BLUES opens at New York City's Quad Cinema on July 12, and will play in select cities, including Dallas, Cleveland, Seattle, New Orleans, Austin, and Louisville.
I AM THE BLUES will also be available day-and-date on July 12th on cable VOD providers Comcast, Charter Spectrum, Time Warner Spectrum, Cox Communications, Verizon and others.
Crisscrossing unseen byways and back roads, I AM THE BLUES highlights a generation of veteran blues musicians rooted from the genre's heyday, many of whom are now in their 80s, still living in the American deep south and touring the Chitlin' Circuit, including Barbara Lynn, Little Freddie King, Lazy Lester, Henry Gray, Carol Fran, Bilbo Walker, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes, RL Boyce, LC Ulmer and Lil' Buck Sinegal. Called a "stirring snapshot" by the Montreal Gazette, I AM THE BLUES is directed by award-winning writer-director Cross, a multi-disciplined filmmaker and professor who also produced the award-winning Canadian films UP THE YANGTZE and LAST TRAIN HOME.
Following its premiere at IDFA (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam), I AM THE BLUES, an Official Selection of Hot Docs Int'l Film Festival and SxSW, captured the "Best Feature-Length Documentary" and "Best Cinematography" honors at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards.
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I AM THE BLUES (2015, 116 min.) Directed by Daniel Cross. Written by Daniel Cross, Marco Luna. Produced by Bob Moore. Cinematography by John Price. Music documentary. A Film Movement Release.
About Film Movement
Celebrating its 15th year, Film Movement is a North American distributor of award-winning independent and foreign films based in New York City. Film Movement has released more than 250 feature films and shorts culled from prestigious film festivals worldwide, and last year it had its first Academy Award-nominated film, Naji Abu Nowar's THEEB. Film Movement's theatrical distribution strategy has evolved to include promising American independent films, documentaries, and an even stronger slate of foreign art house titles. Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent. In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, and Ettore Scola. For more information, please visit www.filmmovement.com.