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September 29, 2007

Living the Blues in Calgary

Written by
cindy mcleod

blues music, Canada

Calgary Premiere Today

The 8th annual Calgary International Film Festival continues through September 30th, featuring an impressive lineup of award-winning and notable films running at various locations throughout the city.

This afternoon’s fare will be of interest to blues fans, when the festival presents the Calgary premiere of the documentary movie Living the Blues at the Uptown Theatre – Upstairs.

The film, made deep in the deep American South by directors Larry Banks and Tim Duffy, focuses on nine men and women of the blues, each of whom are asked, “What is the Blues?” The musician’s responses describe tales of hardship, and how those experiences in turn caused them to take up music as a form of expression. These hard-working men and women depict how their musical paths became a lifestyle, their first-hand stories painting a portrait of ‘Living the Blues’. (Official Selection NXNE, 2007, Official Selection CANNES, 2007)

Prior to Living the Blues, will be a screening of the short film I Have Seen the Future, a 5 min., made in Canada film by director Cam Christensen and starring Calgary musician Kris Demeanor. In the short, Demeanor learns he’s not as young as he thinks when a tennis match goes wrong. Demeanor will kick off the evening, when the singer-songwriter will perform a live set of his critically acclaimed blend of pop, rock, folk and hip-hop music.

Calgary International Film Festival
Documentary Film Premiere
Living the Blues
Directors: Larry Banks, Tim Duffy
Uptown Theatre Upstairs, Calgary
1:30 pm

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