Duets & More: Films

Born in Chicago: Chicago blues reunion

Born In Chicago is a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the story of the Chicago teenage musicians who, in the early sixties, cut their teeth in the city’s tough blues neighborhoods, were accepted and treated like sons by the original blues masters, then went on to play a key role in bringing the blues to rock and roll, in what many refer to as the “blues-rock explosion.” 

It’s important that people understand what that transition was, from blues to rock, and that it happened in Chicago. - New York Times

Narrated by Marshall Chess and Jack White, the film stars Bob Dylan, Elvin Bishop, Michael Bloomfield, Eric Burdon, Paul Butterfield, Barry Goldberg, Nick Gravenites, Buddy Guy, B.B. King, Sam Lay, Harvey Mandel, Steve Miller, Charlie Musselwhite, Keith Richards, Hubert Sumlin and Corky Siegel.

The compelling new documentary Born in Chicago - an extraordinary body of work - blows harps and minds - Huffington Post

documentary film selected by; South-by-southwest, SUNDance festival anD the Lincoln Center Film Society

Sam Lay in Bluesland

Grammy-nominated director John Anderson’s wondrous Sam Lay in Bluesland, is a documentary about the celebrated blues drummer,Sam Lay, who has played a key role in the evolution of the blues for almost 60 years.  Against a backdrop of the troubled, racially turbulent 1960s, Lay’s life and career is told through his own words, music, and personal films in the new documentary Sam Lay in Bluesland.  Along with never-before-seen 8mm footage from Sam Lay's personal 1960s blues archive, the film features new performances by The Sam Lay Blues Band and The Siegel-Schwall Blues Band with appearances by James Cotton, Iggy Pop, Elvin Bishop, Corky Siegel, Charlie Musselwhite, Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Jim Keltner, Marcy Levy, Gary Mallaber and Kenny Wayne Shepherd.