“Born in Chicago” screened at the SXSW Film Festival and a panel brought together the principal subjects in the film that explored how young white musicians in the 1960s learned the blues from legends such as Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf and Little Walter at clubs like the Blue Flame, Big John’s and Peppers.
Initial footage was shot five years ago when the Chicago Blues Reunion featuring Nick Gravenites, Harvey Mandel, Corky Siegel, Barry Goldberg and Sam Lay was touring and it took four years to edit and bring together archival material.
Director John Anderson and executive producer John Beug told Billboard the screening was to get a sense of how the audience would react to it. They are looking for a very limited theatrical run — a screening in Chicago is most important — and then to end up at Showtime or PBS.
“It was such an amazing time musically,” Beug said, “and it’s a story that deserves to be told.” Their only regret is a lack of footage of the late Paul Butterfield.