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I could go see this film at the fest this week--just wondering if anyone's heard anything about it...?

This is the film fest propaganda--I can't find anything else anywhere about it:


Wednesday, September 15 06:00 PM RYERSON

Friday, September 17 10:00 AM CUMBERLAND 2

Production Company: Vulcan Productions/Jigsaw Productions

Executive Producer: Martin Scorsese, Paul G. Allen, Jody Patton

Producer: Jack Gulick, Margaret Bodde, Alex Gibney

Cinematography: Lisa Rinzler

Editor: Bob Eisenhardt, Keith Salmon

Sound: Eliza Paley

Music: Steve Jordan

Principal Cast: Featuring: B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Ruth Brown, Mavis Staples, Aerosmith

Since 1903, when W.C. Handy heard a man in a train station slide a knife across the strings of his guitar, the blues has slowly emerged from its roots in African-American slave songs to become the sophisticated popular argot we know a century later. Handy became one of the first people to transcribe and publish music for a blues song and, only a few years later, the recording industry was alerted to the potential of "race records" when Mamie Smith, the first black woman to record a blues vocal, sold more than one million copies of "Crazy Blues." As the music moved north to Chicago and Detroit, transplanted artists like Muddy Waters exchanged their acoustic guitars for electric models and pumped up their sound with drums, harmonica and stand-up bass. Electrified blues with a beefed-up bass got people to dance; R 'n' B and rock 'n' roll were soon to follow. In the sixties, a new generation of British musicians like the Rolling Stones covered their idols Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf, creating a brand of rock saturated with blues influence.

No ordinary concert movie - but what a great concert movie - Lightning in a Bottle is the record of an amazing evening at Radio City Music Hall in 2003, when a host of artists paid tribute to the blues. Legendary performers contribute to this history, from Angelique Kidjo's African opener "Zélié," Mavis Staples's gut-wrenching "See That My Grave is Kept Clean," Keb' Mo's cover of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain" and Solomon Burke's recollection of singing "Down in the Valley" to hostile white audiences in the South. The backup band features Levon Helm, Dr. John, Danny Kortchmar and, occasionally, Buddy Guy.

Lightning in a Bottle combines archival footage, backstage banter among blues giants sharing stories, song rehearsals - including Ruth Brown's incredible "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" - and phenomenal performances. The final highlight is B.B. King: at eighty, he's in great voice and Lucille is as solid as ever. This film rules.

- Kay Armatage

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