Institute History

  • 2003 Sundance Film Festival


Like the creation of a perfect road band, executive producer Martin Scorsese has assembled an eclectic group of cinematic talents and set them free like Cadillacs to roam the world and bring back the story of what was, is, and will be …The Blues. Together they've captured a remarkable eolian force of sustained influence.

This one-of-a-kind creation assembled exclusively for the Sundance Film Festival is but a glimpse of the whole, a yet unrealized and completed project. Using segments of Red, White and Blues by Mike Figgis, Wim Wenders'sThe Soul of the Man, Richard Pearce's The Road to Memphis, Charles Burnett's Warming by the Devil's Fire, and Godfathers and Sons by Marc Levin, this special screening is a dual celebration of the music it explores and the further exhibition of its vision.

A seven-part collection of highly personal narratives, The Blues tackles and conquers the epic task of tracing the music that led to soul, country, rock 'n' roll, and hip-hop. Through the eyes and lives of both its most celebrated and unsung players, along with the additional creativity of directors Clint Eastwood and Martin Scorsese, the series promises to be an exciting and meaningful interpretation of a musical culture that continues to impact the world around it.

— Joseph Beyer

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