Wednesday, April 13, 2016

We are proud to announce another local production "America's Blues" a documentary by Patrick Branson screens @ Schlafly Bottleworks on Thursday May 5th!

What is America’s Blues?

America's Blues is a feature length documentary that explores the tremendous impact that the Blues has had on our society, our culture, and the entertainment industry. The Blues has influenced nearly every form of American Music and sadly, aside from its part in the birth of Rock and Roll, it's influence often goes unrecognized. Beyond its musical impact, it has reached into so many other art forms, such as paintings, sculpture, literature and even television and film. It has even become the culture of entire cities and helped to put them on the map. If music were a color, it would be Blue.

Why is this film so important? 

From Charlie Patton’s roots in the rural south to Bob Dylan’s 1998 performance at Madison Square Gardens, Blues music has transcended generations and racial barriers. It has laid the foundation for pop culture and American music. Blues is a time-honored art, influencing musical genres like jazz, country and rock n’ roll as well as helping to tear down walls of segregation and create social acceptance of cultural diversity.

America's Blues takes a new angle on an established narrative, focusing on the evolution of American music and the impact that Blues music has had on our society, popular culture, and the entertainment industry. Through interviews with musicians, historians, artist, professionals, activists, and others, a compelling story of the music’s significant historical contribution unfolds. We explore, not only the musical impact it has had on all forms of Popular American Music, but also the influence it has had on art, fashion, language, film, literature and more.

Written and Directed by Patrick Branson, a native of St. Louis and graduate of Lindenwood University's Cinema Arts Program.

First premiered at the St. Louis Filmmaker's Showcase in 2015.

We are very proud to have America's Blues as part of our history as a film series because breaking down social barriers and stereotypes through the arts and culture is what we are trying to accomplish with all of our social projects.  This is a perfect fit. 

We thank Patrick for sharing his time and talent and hope to see all the local Blues lovers at The Bottleworks on the 5th!  

A & M