The Blues film collection - Fri 12 to Sun 14 November Nambour Cinema
Martin Scorsese presents THE BLUES
In the musical tradition of The Buena Vista Social Club and Standing in the Shadows of Motown, but with the artistic vision audiences have come to expect from Martin Scosese projects, THE BLUES films chart the evolution of blues music, from its roots in Africa to its widely unrealised influence on contemporary popular music. THE BLUES films offer distinctly individual interpretations of different roads travelled and explored, by collaboratively celebrating and promoting the diverse impressions and influences blues music has exerted on artistic and musical forms of expression around the world.
Feel Like Coming Home plus The Soul of a Man
FEEL LIKE GOING HOME
Director: Martin Scorsese
Performers: Corey Harris, Willie King Taj Mahal, Keb' Mo', Otha Turner & the Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Sharde Thomas, Ali Farka Touré, Habib Koité, Salif Keita, Toumani Diabaté Archival Performances: Son House, Muddy Waters, Johnny Shines, John Lee Hooker
Director Martin Scorsese winds his way from the banks of the Niger River in Mali to the cotton fields and juke joints of the Mississippi Delta to trace the origins of the blues in a lyrical combination of original performances and rare archival footage. Says Scorsese: "I've always felt an affinity for blues music - the culture of storytelling through music is incredibly fascinating and appealing to me. The blues have great emotional resonance and are the foundation for American popular music.... This (the music) was the one thing they couldn't take away from the black people."
THE SOUL OF A MAN
Director: Wim Wenders
Performers: Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Shemekia Copeland, Eagle Eye cherry, Vernon Reid, James "Blood" Ulmer, Los Lobos, T-Bone Burnett, Bonnie Raitt, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Marc Ribot, Garland Jeffreys, Chris Thomas King, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Cast: Skip James, Keith B Brown, Blind Willie Johnson, Chris Thomas King
In The Soul of a Man, Director Win Wenders looks at the dramatic tension in the blues between the sacred and the profane by exploring the music and lives of three of his favourite blues artists: Skip James, Blind Willie Johnson and J. B. Lenoir.
Part history, part personal pilgrimage, the film tells the story of these lives in music through an extended fictional film sequence, rare archival footage, present-day documentary scenes and covers of their songs by contemporary musicians.
Says Wenders: "These songs meant the world to me. I felt there was more truth in them than in any book I had read about America, or in any movie I had ever seen. I've tried to describe, more like a poem than in a documentary, what moved me so much in their songs and voices."
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