Chasing the Blues

| October 10, 2017

Fulton Market Films announces the world premiere of Chasing the Blues, the latest production from the Chicago-based studio, at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival (October 12-26, 2017). Co-written and directed by Scott Smith (Being Bucky), the music-centric dramedy follows two rival record collectors (Grant Rosenmeyer, Money Monster, The Royal Tenenbaums and Ronald L. Connor, Remember the Titans, Chicago P.D.) as they conspire against each other to dupe an old lady out of a rare – but cursed – Blues record.

Chasing the Blues sees Rosenmeyer and Connor lead an ensemble cast including comedic legends Jon Lovitz and Steve Guttenberg; television vet Chelsea Tavares (Tycoon); and seminal character actress Ana Maria Horsford (Minority Report, Friday). When Alan and Paul (Rosenmeyer and Connor) realize they’re both after the same vintage record – a rare, cursed 1930s recording of “O Death Where Is Thy Sting?” – a series of unfortunate circumstances lands them in jail, where their feud festers for another 20 years. Once released, they’ll get a second chance at snagging the coveted vinyl, this time from an even more formidable foe (Lovitz). The film is based on the short story, also titled “O Death Where Is Thy Sting?” by Chicago-based author and film co-writer. The film is executive produced by John Fromstein (Being Bucky) and produced by Jacqueline “JJ” Ingram (The Long Dumb Road, Drinking Buddies, Unexpected).

Filmed entirely on location in the Chicago area and a mix of classic Blues (Robert Johnson, Led Belly) and new indie Blues music (The Bones of J.R. Jones, Cecil Otter), Chasing the Blues is as hilarious as it is heartfelt, weaving the history of the Blues through the long and twisted road these two collectors find themselves on in pursuit of a piece of it. As an official selection at the 53rd Chicago International the film begins its film festival run in advance of future distribution.

Chasing the Blues could be a metaphor for what’s going on in this movie that seems like a twist of fate or a simple plan. After the two guys scheme to bamboozle the old lady out of her prized record collection, neither can let go. Doing time didn’t do anything to squash the feelings that they have about finally getting their hands on the album; they are back at it 20 years later, but with some odd surprises.

Chasing the Blues is literally an attempt to chase and secure this Blues record, and it could figuratively mean chasing after something that isn’t yours to begin with and allowing that “chase” to upset the trajectory of your life. The film screens on October 14, 18 and 21 at the 53rd Chicago International Film Festival. For more information, visit http://chasingtheblues.com/ or https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/film/chasing-the-blues/

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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