The take-away of I Am The Blues is its ability to leave an impression on movie goers. Daniel Cross’ film could possibly be the last modern day documentation of this specific, historic movement of Deep South blues. With interviews from musicians Jimmy ‘Duck’ Holmes, LC Ulmer, Barbara Lynn, and Bobby Rush (who acts as a primary guide for the narrative), Cross gives his talent the chance to speak honestly to his lens, explain the importance of their music and the resonating footprint it has, and follow up their thoughtful confessions with soulful performances.
The substance that the film provides is appreciated, but the documentary’s encore intentions are quite blatant. The unsubtle presentation isn’t bothersome though because it’s mesmerizing to watch (or listen to) these experienced artists in their own organic element.
It’s a film that’s all about the music, so I hope Daniel Cross doesn’t take offence to my casual recommendation. As long as you’re appreciating the musical passion, it’s acceptable to either see I Am The Blues in a cooled-down theatre with other music lovers, or crank it up when it hits VOD and freely move to it at home.
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