Shout! Studios Issues Acclaimed Documentary on Chicago Blues Scene on All Digital Platforms

Shout! Studios and Out of the Box Records Aug. 1 release Born in Chicago, a critically hailed documentary on the Chicago blues scene that is being released for on-demand viewing on all major digital platforms as well as Shout!’s streaming platform, Shout! TV. 

The film was written by respected music historian Joel Selvin and includes rare archival concert footage along with interviews with Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Steve Miller, Harvey Mandel, Charlie Musselwhite, and other musical greats.

Narrated by Dan Aykroyd and executive produced by Jim Belushi and Elliot Roberts, Born in Chicago was co-directed by Bob Sarles and John Anderson.

The film chronicles the transformation of the Chicago blues scene, which in the late 1950s was at a crossroads. Such respected patriarchs as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf were still playing regularly at the many blues clubs on the city’s South side. But the scene had peaked, as young African Americans were discovering the sounds of Motown, Stax and the soul of James Brown. The new generation saw the blues of their parents and grandparents as antiquated, a remnant of an era best left to the past. At the same time white adolescents in the suburbs of Chicago and other cities were listening to black radio stations late at night and were just discovering the blues. In the early 1960s young white musicians from Chicago’s suburbs began to venture to Chicago’s South Side to see in person the music they had been hearing on the radio. Soon, these musicians, including Mike Bloomfield, Barry Goldberg, and Harvey Mandel, befriended their musical heroes and became accepted among the musicians playing at Chicago’s black blues clubs.

Born in Chicago is coming off an acclaimed run on the film festival circuit. The documentary was selected as “Best of Fest” at the Palms Springs International Film Festival, won the “Best Documentary Director” and “Best Sound Design” awards at the FirstGlance Philadephia Film Festival, and was hailed as “Best Documentary Feature” at the Hollywood Blvd Film Festival. The film has also had successful screenings at the Mill Valley Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest, the Garden State Film Festival, the Portland Film Festival, the Pan African Film & Arts Festival and The Grammy Museum.

The film is slated to screen screen at the upcoming New York City Independent Film Festival, The Washington, D.C. International Film Festival and as part of the 2023 The Chicago Blues Festival.

‘Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends’ Available for Digital Rental and Purchase From Sony Music and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends, a new two-hour film composed of archival interviews, promotional videos and documentary shorts on the legendary artist’s career, is available now for digital purchase and rental from Sony Music Entertainment and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

Five other film titles from the Bob Dylan catalog also are available for digital download and rental, including Bob Dylan: Trouble No More — A Musical Film, The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival 1963-1965, Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, Bob Dylan: MTV Unplugged, and the comedy/drama Masked and Anonymous, in which Dylan stars as Jack Fate, a singer coerced into making a comeback performance at a shady benefit concert event.

The new compilation tells the stories of some of the most important moments in Dylan’s career, featuring rare promotional films, videos and behind-the-scenes footage.

The release highlights a distribution collaboration between the Sony companies for long-form content, documentaries and concert films from artists in the Sony Music catalog across multiple digital platforms.

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“Bob Dylan has one of the most iconic catalogs in music history and we are honored to bring it to life,” Tom Mackay, president, premium of content A&R for Sony Music Entertainment said in a statement. “With Sony Pictures, we are giving fans an exclusive inside look at rare, revealing moments from his career. Because of our collaboration, this sort of creative achievement was made easier by combining the unique talent and resources of our two global companies. That partnership offers all of our artists the ideal platform to tell their stories and reach their fans around the world.”

“We are thrilled to team up with Sony Music on this distribution collaboration to bring music fans worldwide great video experiences from some of the most renowned artists in SME’s catalog,” said Jason Spivak, EVP of distribution for North America television and home entertainment at Sony Pictures Entertainment. “Bob Dylan is one of the most influential musicians of our time with a global fanbase. We could not be more excited to give his fans an inside look at his career through Bob Dylan: Odds and Ends.”

Shout! Factory to Issue 2003 Bob Dylan Film ‘Masked and Anonymous’ on Blu-ray Disc

Shout! Factory has set a March 10 home release date for Masked and Anonymous, a 2003 drama directed by Larry Charles that was originally written by Charles and Bob Dylan, who also stars in the movie.

The film will be available on Blu-ray Disc. Bonus features include a new interview and commentary with Charles, deleted scenes, a making-of documentary, and the original theatrical trailers.

Dylan plays the enigmatic Jack Fate, a former traveling troubadour who is bailed out of jail by his manager to headline a sketchy and misguided benefit concert for a decaying America. The concert is organized by Uncle Sweetheart, a corrupt concert promoter who plans on raking in huge sums of money for himself through the event. Meanwhile, journalist Tom Friend (Jeff Bridges) investigates the corrupt concert and tries to unveil the truth to the public.

The film has a star-heavy cast, including Bob Dylan, John Goodman, Jeff Bridges, Penélope Cruz, Val Kilmer, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Lange, Luke Wilson, Angela Bassett, Bruce Dern, Cheech Marin, Ed Harris, Chris Penn, Steven Bauer, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Paul Chan, Christian Slater and Fred Ward.