Martin Scorsese’s The Blues: Film Screenings + Discussions
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Martin Scorsese’s The Blues: Film Screenings + Discussions

Martin Scorsese’s The Blues: Film Screenings + Discussions

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Annenberg Center Live

3680 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

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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 free film screenings from The Blues™ series, each with a post-show discussion.

Registration is requested, but seating is first come, first served. Registering for tickets does not guarantee you a seat. To register, visit our website for the specic film you'd like to see:


Wednesday, February 1, 2017 @ 7 PM
Warming by the Devil’s Fire
Directed by Charles Burnett
Discussion 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)

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017 @ 7 PM
Red, White & Blues
Directed by Mike Figgis
Discussion with Red, White & Blues Director Mike Figgis
Run Time: 93 minutes (film) + 30 minutes (post-show discussion)

Register for Red, White & Blues

    PAST EVENTS IN THIS SERIES:

    Wednesday, September 28, 2016 @ 7 PM - REGISTRATION FULL
    Feel Like Going Home
    Directed by Martin Scorsese
    Discussion 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 FULL
    The Road to Memphis
    Directed by Richard Pearce
    Discussion 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)

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