Tuesday, April 30, 2019


Film Review by Kam Williams

Overdue Biopic Belatedly Pays Tribute to Jazz Pioneer

Buddy Bolden (1877-1931) was born in New Orleans, where he took up the cornet at an early age. His unique approach to the instrument involved a novel form of improvisation while playing a combination of gospel, blues and ragtime. 
Well before the emergence of Louis Armstrong, Buddy was a popular bandleader credited with creating a new genre of music: jazz! Sadly, this genius has mostly been forgotten by history because no recordings or arrangements of his songs survived.

However, thanks to legendary trumpeter Wynton Marsalis in collaboration with writer/director Dan Pritzker, we now have Bolden, a brilliant biopic painting a poignant portrait of what Buddy's life might have been like. Marsalis composed, arranged and played on the soundtrack, relying on what scraps of his subject's work he could unearth.

Similarly, Pritzker cobbled together a speculative storyline based on the few facts available about Bolden. What we do know is that his career ended in 1907 when he was committed to the mental institution where he would spend the last of his days in obscurity.

Bolden is basically a flashback flick unfolding from the surreal perspective of a patient struggling to make sense of his life. The film stars Garry Carr who delivers a riveting performance as black man whose spirit has been broken by racism and a host of other maladies flowing from that oppression.

Don't miss this overdue tribute to a forgotten jazz pioneer!

Excellent (4 stars)
Rated R for sexuality, graphic nudity, profanity, ethnic slurs, brutal violence and drug use
Running time: 108 minutes
Production Companies: King Bolden LLC
Distributor: Abramorama

To see a trailer for Bolden, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80D1UrXqUsE


This One's For The Ladies Movie said...

Dear Mr. Williams,

Gene Graham here, director/producer inviting you - the one and only Kam Williams!! - to a special Press Screening of my movie THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES / www.thisonesfortheladiesmovie.com

Wednesday, May 8th @ 6pm
500 Park Ave. Screening Room (59th & Park)

I’ll be there with two wonderful Ladies from the movie - CPudding & Poundcake - for a quick Q&A afterwards.

If you can't make it into NYC next week, please let me know how we can get you a screener.

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THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES world premiered at SXSW 2018, won a Special Recognition Award for Best Cast (unusual for a doc) and got picked up by super indie distributor NEON. That’s some indie filmmaker Holy Grail shit! Since last March the LADIES has screened at over 20 film festivals across the US, generating belly laughs and winning hearts along the way.

THIS ONE’S FOR THE LADIES lands in theaters June 7th.

Here’s the official LADIES Red Band trailer that Facebook disapproved -

Potential story topics include: NC17 and desire from a woman’s point of view, melanin sexuality on screen, respectability politics, body image, black joy and culture creation by any means necessary, gender fluidity and LGBTQ sexuality in “ straight” black spaces - are we there yet? Sisterhood and safe spaces. Black male bodies. Masculinity. Family structure in black working class communities. This proudly raunchy, yet heartwarming movie goes there so dig in!

Feel free to reach out to Layla or myself for any info you might need regarding the screening, press materials or director/cast availability.

Thanks in advance for any love you can show this movie and hope to see you next Wednesday night.

Best, Gene Graham
gg@determinedpictures.com / 917.292.8506

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