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Martin Scorsese’s The Blues

Feb 1st 2017 @ Annenberg Center Live

Philadelphia, PA
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2017
7:00 PM
Annenberg Center Live
3680 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, The Blues™ consists of several films that capture the essence of the blues and explore its profound influence on music and people the world over. Originally aired on PBS, the films trace the evolution of the blues from parochial folk tunes to a universal language, each film focusing on a distinct topic from the perspective of seven different directors. Together, the films honor the art form and preserve its legacy in a celebration of its lasting impact. “Our goal never was to produce the definitive work on the blues,” Scorsese said. “It was, from the start, to create highly personal and impressionistic films as seen through the eyes of the most creative directors around with a passion for this music.” 
Co-presented with Penn's Cinema and Media Studies Department and part of our African Roots, American Voices season-long focus on the blues, enjoy four free film screenings from The Blues™ series, each with a post-show discussion.Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 7 PM - REGISTRATION FULLFeel Like Going HomeDirected by Martin ScorseseDiscussion with The Blues Series Producer Alex Gibney and Dr. Timothy Corrigan, Professor of English, Cinema Studies and History of Art at Penn.Run Time: 80 minutes (film) + 30 minutes (post-show discussion)
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 @ 7 PM - REGISTRATION FULLThe Road to Memphis Directed by Richard PearceDiscussion with blues musician Georgie Bonds and Jonny Meister, host of The Blues Show on WXPN.Run Time: 89 minutes (film) + 30 minutes (post-show discussion)Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 7 PMWarming by the Devil’s FireDirected by Charles BurnettDiscussion with Louis Massiah, Executive Director of the Scribe Video Center, and Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at Penn.Run Time: 89 minutes (film) + 30 minutes (post-show discussion)Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 7 PMRed, White & BluesDirected by Mike FiggisDiscussion with Red, White & Blues Director Mike FiggisRun Time: 93 minutes (film) + 30 minutes (post-show discussion)
Registration is requested, but seating is first come, first served. Registering does not guarantee you a seat. You do not need to print your Eventbrite registration information.