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I Am the Blues

I Am the Blues is a movie starring Jimmy Duck Holmes, L.C. Ulmer, and Bobby Rush. A tour of the juke joints and other venues of the legendary Chitlin Circuit in the Mississippi Delta, including performances by aging blues musicians...

Other Titles
I AM THE BLUES アイ・アム・ザ・ブルース
Running Time
1 hours 46 minutes
Quality
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Genres
History, Documentary, Music
Director
Daniel Cross
Writer
Daniel Cross
Actors
L.C. Ulmer, Bobby Rush, Jimmy Duck Holmes, Little Freddie King
Country
Canada, USA
Year
2015
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
Subtitles
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

A tour of the juke joints and other venues of the legendary Chitlin Circuit in the Mississippi Delta, including performances by aging blues musicians in their eighties who used to play the circuit.

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Jerry Pena

If you know anyone who suffers from bulimia and is interested in getting to know them, this film is for you. In its way this film is both a personal story and a spiritual awakening. I did not see it coming at all, and it was so refreshing to see such a good story brought to life by such talented people. The only way that I could have possibly entertained myself was watching it and if the word "angry" ever came to mind I would have understood. Let's hope this film is seen by a lot of people and gets used as a road map to understanding bulimia. Better yet, share it with someone who already has and get them to watch it and see how their sense of self changes. Please, let people know that the world is not just a place of going to school and going to work. There are people who are struggling with their lives and those who are having the hardest time believing that there is anything that could ever go wrong with the reality they live in. This film takes a hard look at the realities we face and shows us that no matter how hard we try, there is always something bad that can happen to us.

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Ruth Oliver

This is the best film I have ever seen, and I've seen a LOT. I saw this at a film festival in Paris, and was blown away by how funny and compelling it is. There are some very good sound effects and visuals, and the sound mixing is superb. It's amazing to watch a train, buses, buses, a lot of bodies moving as if in slow motion. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who's interested in what the music industry is really about.

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Jesse Barrett

I saw this film on the American Music Awards, and I loved it! It had its good points. It was well made and had some good points. It was raw. It was honest. It was incredibly beautiful. It was hard to watch. And it was totally interesting. It is a tribute to a rock legend, and shows the emotional scars of his life. There is a lot of drama, because Bob is dead, and the burden is on his wife. There is some great work by the director of photography, and good work by the actors. The music is great. Some of the songs were very impressive. I loved the "If I Should Fall". And the "How much does it cost to love" was absolutely heartbreaking. The "Don't ask me why" was amazing. The fact that it took a half hour to shoot and edit this film was amazing. I never think about the fact that this was filmed live. I did not know it was recorded. I saw the film as a living story. I could not stop watching the film. I was not sure if it was going to end on that cliff and everything went all in. I was extremely happy about the film, because it showed what an amazing artist Bob was, and how he influenced so many people. The fact that it did not end on that cliff is really amazing. The fact that it ended on this rock cliff is great. Bob came so close to dying, and he is still alive to this day. I gave this film a 10/10!

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Tammy

The story was compelling and felt like the true story was told. The fact that it was from a jazz singer who was not the actual person (and a former spouse) in the story actually added a sense of the universality of music and the humanity of jazz. This was really something a documentary should be made about. I think that if this were a documentary instead of a music video, it would have been just as good. I'm surprised it wasn't nominated for Best Documentary Film. However, I think it should have been.

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Stephanie H.

This is a very personal documentary film. You feel as if you are a participant. Not as an observer, but as a participant in this one woman's journey. The music and the story inspire you to be an artist yourself. When she was an unknown performer, she focused on the music, writing, and performing. After many years, she took a hiatus from performing, and concentrated on her relationships. She has since become a great singer. See what happens to your body when you become inactive for any amount of time. It's a wonder. This film will touch your heart and will bring you to tears. Watch this film with an open mind. You will feel that you are a part of the story and that the life of every person is a unique individual. Truly remarkable.

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Billy Fuller

This documentary covers the part of the history of The Last Waltz and The White Stripes that really matters. I was surprised at how short the documentary is. For the most part, the band made it with only one rehearsal, and the remaining time is used to allow for the personal feelings and evolution of each member. The band's rise to fame and their gradual decline is also explained. But I found it hard to believe that the film did not include additional material, such as a longer interview with Jim James, because the rest of the material was so good. The documentary does an excellent job of giving the audience the inside scoop on what happened in the band during the years when they were not playing, and it gives the viewer insight into how a band could come together and make an album that changed the world of music forever.

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Billy Cox

I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere of I Am The Blues at The Queen Center NYC in New York City. The audience was in awe of the stage. The movie was an immediate hit for the audience and for the filmmakers, who had to rely on social media to get word out about the film. The film's phenomenal success came from all levels of the film industry. It has already been shown at over 300 film festivals worldwide and now seems poised for a wide release this year. I am truly honored to have been part of this project and see what I could do with such a wide canvas. I Am The Blues is a beautiful piece of work and a great opportunity for film students to understand the history and value of the arts.

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Harry

I enjoyed watching the documentary. The majority of the people in the audience were in their teens or twenties. There were no older women in the audience, I doubt there were any other male participants. The person who went first through the door with a Fender guitar and was completely lost made it quite obvious to the people in the audience, although he had to talk through the whole thing to keep his composure. The young people were also quite excited. Not all of them were members of the Grateful Dead, but they were all looking forward to seeing them play live. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who has never been a member of the Grateful Dead, or has heard the Dead's music. It will open your eyes as to what the Grateful Dead are all about. The early bands were a much larger "spark" than the later bands. Many of the later bands also grew from a number of people, many of whom were not Grateful Dead members. Also, I'd say that I've known Dead Head's that don't have any connection to the Grateful Dead, but they would tell you that they are Grateful Dead fans. If you are a Dead Head or interested in the Grateful Dead, you should definitely watch the documentary.

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Dennis

This is a very creative film. I love the song and the story behind it. I also love how all the songs are performed by a full orchestra. It is a great documentary. The shots of Havana are truly beautiful. I have never seen anything like it. To show how hard Cuba was, the music wasn't as upbeat as in the States. The same with the music in Spain. I thought it was very original and clever. This movie was very inspiring to me.

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Virginia

Why is this so difficult to get? Of course it's difficult to get because the film is so well produced and directed. It is definitely worth watching! It's about five wonderful violinists who are on their way to the professional level but are often rejected by the bigger orchestras because they don't look like professional musicians. Their story is truly incredible. I would have given this an 8.5 if there were more words in my description of the film, but the absence of those words is not an objection for me, but a requirement for a video to be rated 10/10. I suggest you watch this film.

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George R.

This documentary tells the story of Jimmy Buffett's major breakthrough into the music business. It tells of his many years of making music, his friendship with Bob Fosse (the legendary singer), and the court case that led to his return to the music business. The story is powerful, moving, and funny. There are many funny moments and moments of great emotion. It is one of the best documentaries I've ever seen about music. It's definitely not for the faint of heart, but it will make you think.

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Daniel

I watched this film almost single handed. It was a very moving story. The music was very good, I had to listen to it a couple of times to understand it. I think if you have never heard of it before, you may not understand it. I am not a huge fan of either Limp Bizkit or Black Sabbath so I could not appreciate that you had to be of that type of music to appreciate this film. It was a great story, well written, well directed. The "luck" stories are so well done that I believe you will learn something new. I was very impressed with the first time I watched it. If you can't see the point of watching this movie then I recommend you stop watching films. I hope this movie gets a few more plays on film and on TV. I have already seen it on 3 different TV stations in a month and have seen it again 3 times in a week. I love this film and hope to hear from it's creator in the near future.

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Teresa Simmons

It's been around a while, but the R&B band The Blues Brothers never got enough airplay on CBS-TV, which means the Blues Brothers don't get the kind of exposure they deserve. Here is the story of the Blues Brothers. This is a great story about how a group of friends from a small town in the 1940's moved to Hollywood to start a music career. The beginning of the story is told in a very simple, straightforward way. The older brother Charlie (Michael Fairman) and the younger brother Ollie (Jay Harrington) are old and bored with their lives. They are used to live with their mom, so they rent a small apartment. They have to share a kitchen with two other guys, and have to leave their car in the garage. One day, Charlie invites his brother to move into his apartment. In fact, Ollie is really impressed. Ollie is a lot more artistic than Charlie. He has a better sense of color and paint, and he looks up to the young blues artist Charlie. In the beginning, there is no love or tension between the brothers. They are just brothers who want to be a band. Charlie's band is playing in the background, and Ollie's band is on stage. They meet a music teacher named Judy (Elizabeth Taylor) and her husband Denny (Lance Henrickson). They both live in a little apartment in the Hollywood area. When Charlie and Ollie try to sing in their apartment, Judy's husband demands that Charlie must quit his band and help Ollie with his solo project. Charlie starts to play, but then he realizes that he can't quit his band. Charlie becomes obsessed with playing and doing it with other people's band. Ollie plays guitar with a rhythm group that his dad has formed. The brothers are making a real album with songs by different bands. They have to fight the town for exclusive distribution, because the music they made must be available on every record store. What could be the most exciting part of this story is that the Brothers' music and the songs that they write and perform are so good, that they become popular bands. The parents and neighbors are amazed and supporting. Ollie also meets an extremely beautiful woman named Faye (Julia Stiles). She wants to live with Charlie, but Charlie will never marry her. The movie ends with the boys deciding that they are never going to play in a band together again, that they are going to start their own group. This movie is very good. It tells a story that is important to everyone, because it's a story about a bunch of friends that were at a crossroads. This movie is based on a true story, and it's very exciting to watch the brothers come together. It's also a very inspirational movie about friendship and sharing and a band. It's an important movie. I highly recommend it.<|endoftext|

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Brittany Lane

This is a sad and beautiful film about John Sargeant, a legendary blues singer. It is about the life and times of a man who was one of the best in the business and died in his early 30's. His relationship with his wife and their children were extremely tough. Although it was not happy, it was also not boring. The film does a great job of bringing Sargeant's life to the big screen. There are many pieces of archival footage, and some musical pieces. This film goes in many directions. It covers the times when Sargeant was becoming the best blues singer in the world. It goes in his relationship with his first wife and his son. It covers his dealings with the Mob, and his dealings with the white music industry. It covers his career at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. This is a film that is a must see for all, and it is a great tribute to one of the great blues musicians of the world. All the performances in the film are beautiful, as you hear Sargeant take you to places that are more than just a concert or a duet. This is a film that is a must see for all.

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Kelly

I was so interested in hearing people's memories and stories of the concert when it was first played in the late 1960's, and not just because it was one of the highlights of my life. I knew it was going to be a real "shoot" and I wanted to see that firsthand. I wanted to see the true story of what happened. Well, there's no question in my mind the concert left an impression on the singer and his family. The man who was the cause of the musical event has talked about the time of the concert in a few interviews. The real story is the big concert itself. The fact that the television reporter who was covering the event heard about the concert in advance and sent people out to cover it seems almost unbelievable. It's not that the photographer didn't have a job to do, it's just that he didn't need to bother. I thought the real concert was always going to be better than the movie because it seemed to take so much from the musician, but the concert itself was something to be remembered.

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Joseph Powell

The story of Michael Jackson's World Tour of 1989 is a tale of ignorance, pressure, inspiration, greed, and betrayal. The movie opens with an interview by the owner of MTV, Cyrus Mistry, who speaks about his claim that "I'm not Michael Jackson." Mistry then goes on to say that he was, "just like Michael." Mistry refers to his brand of music as "shock," "tension," and "entertainment." As if that wasn't enough, Mistry also sees the value of a Jackson/MTV relationship, which resulted in the release of Mistry's TV series, MTV Unplugged, which led to the 1990s pop-culture phenomena of MTV. The interviews with Jackson and his talent manager Joe Jamison, are both done very well, the closest to me were when Jackson speaks about the pieces that really define him. There is a lot of raw emotion on display as Jackson recounts his childhood in the late 1940s, his marriage to singer Neve Campbell, his relationship with his brother, who is later revealed to be the father of his son, and the relationship with his father, whom Jackson has never spoken about. There are also interviews with the true believers who rally around Jackson's career, and that include his brother and his friends. As Jackson sings in a catchy new song "Save the Last Dance," he tells his sons how important his relationship with MTV was to him, and how important that relationship is to him now. The people who actually mattered to him during the '80s and the '90s had very little to say about the success of his career, and they were literally ignored. As Jackson enters the new millennium, and turns 90, the emphasis of the film shifts to the time he has left. While some of the clips are cringe-worthy, the most powerful moments are the interviews with the Real World dancers, including Nicole Scherzinger and Kerry McBride. The real interviews are with King of Pop Chris Tucker, who is the most inspirational of the bunch, and Jimmy Fallon, who is the least. Fallon talks about how MTV changed him, and it is an amazing story of "innovations" from his perspective, the interviewer, which are also incredible. The film ends with the world as it was five years ago, and how Michael Jackson is doing, without the guidance of MTV. In a sense, I Am the Blues has a simple message: I'm grateful for all the things that MTV has given me, and the people who were my friends, and loved me. To a surprising degree, the film also has a hopeful message: if you love something, you will eventually give it to someone, and if you want to make something great, then everyone else will help you along the way. I've always believed that there is something more important than fame, and that if you are passionate about something, then you should give your all to it. Ultimately, I Am the

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Russell Harrison

The movie follows the lives of two different singers, Led Zeppelin and Bob Marley. It is a great idea and the execution is well done. The movie shows the full monty and what it takes to be one of the biggest bands in the world. It has its ups and downs, but overall it is well done. The problem I had with the movie is there wasn't enough music to cover everything the movie covers. There are some cool parts, like the concert footage, but I didn't see it as a full show. I would have liked to have seen a little more of the concerts in concert and a little more footage of the times they were in other places like the Bahamas, or wherever they were. Overall, the movie is well done and it is a great way to get some background of Bob Marley, as well as of the band Led Zeppelin. It's a must see and a great way to learn more about these musicians. 9/10

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Jeremy Hall

The idea of traveling from place to place is one that many musicians would have wanted to share. So, in 1967, a group of the best blues musicians travel to Mississippi, hoping to discover the secrets to building lasting relationships. A motley crew includes Jackie McLean, T-Bone Walker, "Gone With The Wind" Bo Diddley, Woot Smith, and Lucinda Williams, all of whom have dealt with mortality and the possibility of losing a musician friend. To be honest, I can't remember seeing anyone who had played in a band that had gone anywhere else, and you can really see the motivation of the musical group as they embark on the journey. The best part is the compilation of all of their travel stories. Along the way, they have to overcome the trials of their lives (including a few regrets, bad trips, and a little binge drinking). While traveling, they realize how much they both love and need the music. While traveling, they learn more about each other. While traveling, they take on more adventures. Along the way, they all have moments of comedy and tragedy. You can tell the story is definitely about the memories of a community, or a musical group, and not just about a musician who died. The music is amazing. I hope the film is available for purchase. The sound is great. The story is intriguing and the music is just too good to pass up.

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Gregory C.

I like it, if I had been born in the eighties I would have liked it much more. (And the same goes for Paul McCartney, Johnny Cash, etc.). It is very difficult to listen to that kind of music with a hardening Christian (at least when you are white). The lyrics and the music make it seem more like a celebration of the music. It is interesting to read the comments made about the music being "gay" (and it definitely seems that way). So they say "we feel the music is gay.".and if it isn't then it is not the music, so how can you say "gay" about that? What is meant by "gay" is it how you feel about the music? And the music is not necessarily "gay" in the sense that it celebrates gay men. The music is about human needs, the human experiences. I am really sorry that it has not been picked up much. I would have liked to hear the guys making it all the time. Not to mention the success of Bob Dylan and Elvis. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King said that when it comes to songs, what people listen to is what they need to hear. And I think this documentary is a great way to do that.

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Samuel Sims

Seeing this movie is not a bad way to spend your life. It's something we can all do to use to remind ourselves how much is out there. The movie is basically about the struggles of a woman named Cindy, who is in a constant battle with her own demons. She struggles with her very bad and very good sides. She has to be careful that she doesn't lose what makes her human. She is living a lifestyle that her body doesn't want to see her dead. This movie is a good reminder that life doesn't always go the way you thought it would. After seeing this movie, you just might want to start doing some self improvement.

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Louis

Robert Johnson's full-length documentary, "Robert Johnson: American Mambo," is a fascinating look at a uniquely fascinating figure in American music history. The film examines Johnson's extensive career, including his pivotal years as a flautist in the 1930s. Johnson, an achromatic American folk flautist, was one of the most talented musicians in the world at the time and his contribution to African American music in the South and across the nation is a rare historical highlight. The film also provides a great deal of insight into Johnson's relationship with the man who became his mentor: the late bluesman, Charlie Christian. The film offers a lot of fascinating and revelatory interviews with Johnson and Christian that have given the viewer an insight into the man's life. Robert Johnson's deep love for the blues and his life on the road are both riveting and compelling. In many ways, Johnson is a pioneer. He made a major difference in the music world and he did so in a way that most never had the chance to do. It is a great piece of film. The very dark and earnest cinematography reminds me of a more whimsical Gail Parent film like "Blue Velvet." "Blue Velvet" is also a wonderful film that is very smart and well worth seeing.

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Bruce Burton

This is the story of a couple who, along with one of their friends, were involved in a police raid on the home of a man involved with the murder of an elderly woman. The raid was led by Detective Tom Fox (Stuart Gordon), who tries to make the case to the press as to why this might have taken place, even when faced with vehement opposition from the Irish family that are convinced that their mother is no longer alive. The 'evidence' as Tom calls it was a video camera from a 'troll' site. With not enough money to hire a more competent police team, the couple are forced to handle their own investigation. In the meantime the family goes through the court process, where they are eventually told that they must come to their house to see if their mother is still alive. The film begins by focusing on the different aspects of the case, from the police case to the investigating side. They play out a typical mystery thriller with almost a love-hate relationship between the two. Once we get to the home the film moves to the husband and his family, and while the drama starts there is a slow, but steady, progression until a final act which we are told is going to end the film. The story is very good, and gives us an insight into the level of desperation the Irish family are feeling. In the end we find out that there was no 'troll' video camera used in the murder, and there was a real video camera hidden in the attic. With a film of this length I was expecting a lot, but it did not seem like much of a thing. I guess this makes it a 'manual' of sorts, and I think this is a way of taking the viewer's mind off the whole film and showing you just how difficult it is to bring a case to court. The story is good, the acting is great and the director is very good, I give it a 9 out of 10. I would recommend this to anyone, because it is a great movie to watch once and a while.

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Scott Wells

At the start of the movie, we see a body taken down the steps of the dept. Of the entire building, only one employee has a body. How is this possible? The man is now laying in a foyer with a gray vest and I presume is some kind of body double. No one else has a body, despite the fact that the lobby had thousands of bodies in it, many more than you can imagine. Do we really need to know what happened to everyone else? How is it that no one knows the name of the nurse who was removed from her position, despite the fact that the foyer was virtually empty? The movie jumps about a year and a half. We don't know what happened to whoever was in charge of monitoring and removing bodies. How is it possible that the equipment was not there at all? It is the miracle of science. What is the miracle of science? People do not move around like dead people on gurneys. Why do we need to know what happened to the murderer of a young woman, if the killer is not around? What happened to the guy that was in charge of what? Where were the scientists? In fact, the movie is a good description of why it is difficult for science to operate in such a confined area. Even with the best research science, it is almost impossible to understand what happened to the bodies after they were removed. This was the problem that the movie was trying to address. We do not know what happened to those in charge of all this and the questions of who was in charge with the conditions that were then imposed on the medical research are still unanswered. Why were the guards not made available? One wonders what it was like to work in this environment and who has the ability to monitor what happens in a vacuum. At the end, the movie makes a startling revelation. There is a recording of this mysterious man being released from the hospital. This tape is apparently made before the rest of the movie was made. There are many details of what the man did, but the rest of the movie is about the people who became the stars of the story, from the janitor, to the doctor, to the editor, to the studio, to the repertory company, to the public relations person, and to the people who were part of the art department.

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Justin Black

If there is ever a film, it is this film. This film not only is a record of the music, it is a real life account of the origin of Elvis Presley. This film, along with the album covers and all of the other information that went into the making of this film are worth watching. All of the Elvis stories, news clippings, and family photo collections are actually presented in a way that shows how the artist, the fan, the listener, and the real person all came together. This film, along with Elvis, is about the roots of Elvis Presley. The creation of his music and the bringing of the world to L.A. The differences between Elvis Presley and his father are shown as he grew up and explored his new life. The film captures the real story of Elvis Presley as it was told by family, friends, and fans.