There’s a brand new Kickstarter campaign starting up to finance the release of the documentary film ‘Sidemen – Long Road To Glory’. This amazing movie, directed by Scott Rosenbaum, is “an intimate look at the incredible lives and legacies of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf sidemen Pinetop Perkins,Willie “Big Eyes” Smith and Hubert“. It has already garnered critical acclaim, winning the Special Jury Prize at the Nashville Int’l Film Festival, Best Documentary at the South Bay Film Festival, and Best Documentary at Gold Coast Film Festival.
About the project:
Sidemen: Long Road To Glory is an award-winning documentary film about the lives, legacies and music of bluesmen Hubert Sumlin, Pinetop Perkins and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. The film is complete and has enjoyed a successful festival run since its world premiere at the 2016 SXSW Film Festival. Though we cleared the music and footage rights to allow us to screen at festivals, we now need to clear those rights to allow for a worldwide release. With your support this can happen and we will be able to make the film available to music and movie fans around the world. In the process you will help to tell the incredible stories of these three remarkable men, preserve an important part of history and maybe, just maybe, help to get Hubert Sumlin elected to the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame.
I am fortunate enough to have watched it already, and it is definitely a project I’d recommend anyone and everyone to support if you can. If you’re interested in the history of the blues and rock and roll, this is a must-see.
You can read more about the documentary, and about the Kickstarter campaign at Tony Conley’s website Rock Guitar Daily with Tony Conley:
The movie is the story of blues legends Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith. But, it didn’t start that way. It started off as a live concert document, inspired by the likes of The Band and Martin Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. Unfortunately, there could have been no foreseeing the death of these three gentlemen within eight months of each other in 2011.
This derailed the project in a variety of ways, not the least being the extreme personal burden on director/writer/producer Scott Rosenbaum, who lost not three documentary subjects, but three very dear and close friends with whom he had been traveling, living, and working with for several years. My real involvement with the film really began with a series of conversations, texts, and e-mails between myself and Scott as he worked for almost a year trying to figure out not just what to do with a half finished film, but whether the film should even live on, or be discarded.
Ultimately, it was determined that in tribute to the lives lived by these great men, that their stories must be told, and that the show must go on. I connected Scott with my friend, record producer/bassist Fabrizio Grossi, and together we all worked hard to amass an incredible list of artists willing to be a part of this film. The film segued from live concert document into an incredible telling of three life stories, stories that anyone would love to watch – this is a music documentary, but it is also a very moving tale of humanity that would move any viewer. One that ends not with the deaths of some legends, but with a path and template for both the blues and its players moving forward.