Blues on Beale music doc debuts on VOD platforms from Echelon Studios
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“highly entertaining, captivating, inspirational, informative, insightful, well-paced”
- SUN THISWEEK
“This film makes your ears happy. . . you’ll see and hear enough to lift you ten feet off the ground.”
- Kyle Osborn, ENTERTAINMENT OR DIE
“Where this film really stands out is in its ability to capture the energy, the nuance, the soul and the passion that goes into blues music.”
- THE WASTELAND REVIEWER
BLUES ON BEALE, the music doc shot in clubs and behind the scenes on Beale Street at the 36th annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) is now in VOD distribution by Echelon Studios, Los Angeles.
“The Blues Foundation’s IBC hosted 219 Blues acts from around the globe, competing in Beale Street’s world famous venues over a 5-day period,” said Cecily Truett Lancit, Co-producer/writer of the film. “Blues musicians from around the world competed on Memphis stages where music greats like BB King and Elvis Presley cut their teeth and became stars -- the HardRock Café, BB King’s, Alfred’s, King’s Palace, Blues City Café, Club 152, Jerry Lee Lewis Café and Honky Tonk, and Rum Boogie.”
BLUES ON BEALE is an inside look at the drama and fabulous music that draw the most talented emerging blues artists from around the globe to jam, network, and compete for recognition. Watching BLUES ON BEALE is the next best thing to having a front row seat for International Blues Challenge week.
Produced, written and directed by Emmy and Peabody award winning team Cecily Truett Lancit and Larry Lancit, of Lancit Digital Media, the 80-minute BLUES ON BEALE immerses viewers in one of the last musical competitions of its kind before the Covid epidemic shut down the world. Co-Executive Producers are Lynne Brenner Ganek, Jeffrey Ganek, and Stephen Zink.
BLUES ON BEALE features an array of Blues Superstars including Grammy winner and Blues Hall of Famer, Bobby Rush; Muddy Waters’ daughter, Mercy Morganfield; Blues Music Award winner Shemekia Copeland; BB King Entertainer of the Year, Janiva Magnus; Maples Blues Award Female Vocalist of the year, Shakura S’Aida; and a host of Blues GRAMMY Nominees, Blues Music Award winners and Blues Hall of Famers such as Castro Coleman (Mr. Sipp); Annika Chambers, Paul Deslauriers, and Grammy winner and Blues documentarian, William Ferris, Ph.D.; former president & CEO of The Blues Foundation, Barbara Newman; and Blues Foundation IBC production consultant, Joe Whitmer; Alligator Records founder & president Bruce Iglauer, and historian and author, Richard Folsom.
The doc also profiles a series of challengers from around the world, captures their personal stories, and explores the passion, the heart, and the hopes of the competitors as they make their way through the competition.
“BLUES ON BEALE is a music filled journey, rich with the sounds of The Blues and the heartfelt stories behind the people who make the music,” said Sandro Gohoho for Echelon Studios. “It is a classic perspective on the genre that can be enjoyed many times over because of its very human and personal view of the music. Echelon is proud to distribute this outstanding film”
BLUES ON BEALE will be seen on many VOD platforms including Vimeo, StagePlayer+, Tubi, Plex, Hoopla, Overdrive, Local Now, Mometu, TCL, Fawesomeness, MX Players and others.
A CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY HEINZ COLLEGE/COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS CAPSTONE PROJECT IN THE MASTER OF ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY MANAGEMENT PROGRAM based in Los Angeles, CA.
Producers will collaborate with program leaders and students to develop research and analytic studies to inform development strategies. These may include audience data, platform choices and optimization, market and industry demand, format options and distribution approaches. Students will present their findings to selected Entertainment Industry leaders from the world’s leading media companies. This extremely valuable strategic assistance will assist in placing WAY OF THE BLUES as a highly competitive and noteworthy project with access to entertainment industry thought leaders and decision makers.
GROUND ZERO BLUES CLUB Clarksdale, MS
One of the top Blues venues in the world, GZBC has been recognized universally as an iconic Delta destination transporting visitors with its food, ambience and performances by the world’s leading Blues performers. GZBC, owned by Bill Luckett and actor Morgan Freeman, will be the primary live performance venue for the series.
THE BLUES FOUNDATION
A significant relationship agreement with The Blues Foundation will provide support and guidance on overall content approach, including further development of the Board of Advisors to include preeminent scholars, institutional leaders, producers and writers on The Blues. WAY OF THE BLUES will have a fulsome collaboration with The Blues Foundation to assist with recommendations for both recognized and emerging artists, audience testing and feedback, and overall guidance and wisdom in order to earn their prestigious imprimatur.